Scientific Team Lead
Shikta is a Genetic Epidemiologist working as an honorary lecturer in epidemiology at Medical Research Council LHA, Institute of Cardiovascular Studies, UCL. Shikta is also working as a Scientific Lead in C4X Discovery in diabetes and neuro-cognitive disorders. She finished her Ph.D. from Imperial College London in 2013 and continued as a research associate in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She also holds an MSc in Bioinformatics from Birkbeck College London. She spent several years at Imperial College as a consultant statistician within the Department of Primary Care and Public health. She has also been working as an independent researcher in UCL for the last five years. She lectures MBBS, MSc and PhD candidate on epidemiological modules there. She recently spent six months as a Data Analytical specialist at pharmaceutical giant Roche.
Shikta has been researching on cardio-metabolic associations using longitudinal data in ethnic groups. Recently, her research was featured in BBC More or Less and published on BBC News website regarding the disproportional BAME deaths in COVID-19 pandemic. She has also been invited by LBC to speak on genetic reasons behind BAME higher-proportion deaths. Lastly, she was invited by TV network Al Jazeera to speak about her research on hypertension and diabetes prevalence in BAME communities. She is also had a very successful podcast on mathematical modelling of COVID-19. Shikta engages with several non-government organisation to investigate their research on Refugee population and domestic violence. She has been a very supportive mentor and STEM ambassador.