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Blake Thomson

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Blake Thomson


DPhil Student

Blake joined the Clinical Trial Service Unit & Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU) and Balliol College in October 2016 to study for a DPhil in Population Health. His research is focused on establishing the effects of lifestyle risk factors like smoking and drinking on mortality in the Mexico City Prospective Study (MCPS), a blood-based cohort study of 150,000 adults in Mexico City. Blake is supervised by Dr. Jonathan Emberson, Dr. Sarah Lewington, Dr. Ben Lacey, and Professor Sir Richard Peto.

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Blake previously studied Global Health at Arizona State University, where he was a Flinn Scholar. He then spent two years as a Post-Bachelor Fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. While there, he worked on the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study and also conducted community-based needs assessments in India, China, South Africa and the United States for the HealthRise and HeartRescue projects.


He moved to Oxford from the University of Cambridge, where he received an MPhil in Epidemiology as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. His research at Oxford is supported by a Nuffield Department of Population Health Scholarship. Blake’s work experience and research interests are primarily in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries. He is fluent in Spanish.

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