Dr Rob Aldridge is a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow at the Institute of Health Informatics within University College London. He qualified in medicine from UCL in 2007, gained an MSc in Epidemiology at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2010 and completed his PhD at University College London in 2015. Prior to studying medicine, he studied Mechanical Engineering at The University of Nottingham and worked in management consultancy.
Rob uses data and digital technologies to investigate and improve the health of the public. Rob’s research interests are broad, but he has a particular focus on making invisible populations visible by establishing the burden of disease in migrants, homeless, prisoners, sex workers and individuals with substance use disorders. He has validated methods to link and analyse large health and social care datasets to evaluate public health interventions targeted at these populations. Rob also has a keen interest in the development and testing of new interventions, including a recent randomised controlled trial of a mobile phone app to improve treatment outcomes for people with experience of homelessness who have tuberculosis.