Debbie Malden gained a BSc with first class honours in Biomedical Science from the University of Aberdeen in 2015. For her dissertation project, she conducted a small observational study investigating the association between a blood-based biomarker, asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), and cognitive function in older age using the Aberdeen Birth cohort population of 1946. She then went on to complete the MSc in Global Health Science at the Nuffield Department of Population Health in 2015/2016. During this time, she travelled to Guangzhou to undertake a summer placement investigating the risk factors for preterm birth in a large urban population in Southern China as part of the Born in Guangzhou Cohort study.
After completing the MSc, Debbie joined the Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit in 2016. Her DPhil research involves investigating the prospective association between different measures of adiposity and ischaemic heart disease in 500 000 UK adults using the UK Biobank cohort. This research aims to provide insight into the mechanisms underlying the effects of adiposity on cardiovascular disease for the benefit of population health. Outside of the DPhil, she enjoys playing volleyball, and is currently the Women's captain for the Oxford University first team.