Esther graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences from University College London (UCL) and with a Masters degree in Public health (Global health stream) from Imperial College London.


She is currently undertaking her PhD and works as a qualitative researcher within BARC. Her PhD is focused on the prevention of gestational diabetes (EMmY study), evidence synthesis on the screening and diagnosis of gestational diabetes. Prior to joining BARC in 2017, Esther has been involved in the design and implementation of public health interventions in Africa.

Chiamaka Esther Amaefule

PhD student


Angeliki Bolou

PhD Student & Research Midwife

Angeliki is a senior lecturer in Midwifery at University of Greenwich and has an honorary contract as a research midwife with Barts NHS trust. She has graduated midwifery in Greece and has practiced as a midwife in three different countries including Greece, Finland and UK.

She has an MSC in Reproductive Science and Women’s Health from University College London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education by University of Greenwich. Angeliki won the British Journal of Midwifery (BJM) Practice award in 2018 for contribution to midwifery education with other three of her colleagues from UoG.

She is interested in diabetes and nutrition in pregnancy and the postnatal period as well as how it can affect the mother and the developing fetus. She has worked in the GIFTS study at QMUL as research midwife and is currently a PhD student developing the MERIT study.


Angeliki used to work as a diabetes specialist midwife at Royal London Hospital which triggered her interest to investigate lifestyle interventions to prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes in in mothers postnatally who were diagnosed with gestational diabetes in pregnancy. This is the focus of her PhD.

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Iona Hindes, PhD student

Iona graduated with a BA (Hons) in Anthropology from Durham University in 2019 and a Masters in Population Health from University College London in 2021.


She has recently begun her Ph.D. at WIPH, supervised by Dr. Stamatina Iliodromiti at the Center for Women's Health.


She is an NIHR SPCR doctoral student and her project will explore through mixed methods how national COVID lockdowns impacted maternal and neonatal health outcomes.