C. Mary Schooling

Professor Schooling is chair of the Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences department. After obtaining a PhD in 2001, Professor Schooling started an academic career as a teaching assistant at the University of Hong Kong in 2002, following a previous career in technology. Intrigued by unexplained differences in disease patterns by geography, epidemiological time and migration, Professor Schooling used the evolutionary biology theory of growth and reproduction trading off against longevity to generate new insights about the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Apart from explaining the sexual disparity in ischemic cardiovascular disease rates and why some cardiovascular therapies work better than others, this research program has had policy impact, for example contributing to the recent warnings about the cardiovascular risk of testosterone from the United States Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada. The next step is to identify new actionable targets of ischemic cardiovascular disease prevention from regulators of fertility. Theoretically identified targets currently under investigation include dietary items, such as glutamate, environmental exposures, such as cotinine and light, as well as established therapies, such as nitric oxide. Professor Schooling has also been instrumental in creating a large, population-representative birth cohort to investigate these theories. Professor Schooling has (co-) authored >205 peer reviewed publications in the last 10 years on a variety of topics that reflect the breadth and underlying explanatory power of this research program, as well as acting as principal supervisor for >15 successful Mphil/PhD/DPH students. Professor Schooling is an associate editor of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, a member of the PLOS ONE Editorial Board and of the Social Science and Medicine Advisory Board.



  • PhD in Epidemiology from UCL, UK
  • MSc in Statistics from Birkbeck College, London, UK
  • MSc in Operational Research from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK
  • MA in Pure Maths and Medieval History from University of St Andrews, UK


Research Interests

Application of evolutionary biology to public health, non-communicable diseases, cohort studies, endocrine disruptors, methods, Mendelian randomization, explanatory models



Mary Schooling