PhD topic

Environmental exposures in pregnancy and birth outcomes in Queensland: A study for better policy and health outcomes.


  • Associate Professor Abdullah Mamun (Principal)
  • Prof Leonie Callaway (Associate)

Research interests

  • Childhood malnutrition
  • Maternal health
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Mental health

Researcher biography

Md Ashraful Alam is a statistician and public health researcher. He completed his M.Sc in Statistics from Rajshahi University, Bangladesh and his MPH in Epidemiology from the University of South Asia, Bangladesh. Before joining UQ, he spent almost thirteen years working for an international research organisation ( in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His key research interests are maternal and child malnutrition, cognitive development, adverse childhood experiences and mental health. He has a good track record in the scientific community, including 38 published articles in peer-reviewed journals.

In his PhD research, he aims to determine the effects of environmental exposures on pregnancy and delivery outcomes in Queensland with an RTP scholarship from the University of Queensland.