Researcher biography

Professor Gita Mishra's main research area is on life course epidemiology and women's health.

Professor Mishra is Head of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division and Professor of Life Course Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of Queensland (UQ). She is also Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health (ALSWH). Prior to this, she was a Programme Leader at the MRC unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, University College London, UK.

Professor Mishra is currently an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow (2018-2022) and previously held a prestigous ARC Future Fellowship (2013-2017). She is internationally recognized for her expertise in women's health and life course epidemiology, especially the links between reporductive characteriestics and non-commuunicable diseases (NCDs) in later life, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Professor Mishra has more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, including as co-editor of a key academic textbook on Family Based Studies. She is an accredited Chartered Scientist (Science Council) and Chartered Statistician (UK, Royal Statistical Society). In 2017, she was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS); awarded honorary membership of Sigma International, a global nursing organisation, for her contribution to women's health; and was elected as an board member for the European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS).

In addtion to research related to ALSWH, her current work includes leading the InterLACE project, a major international collaborative research programme on reproductive health and chronic disease that combines data from more than 500,000 women from 25 studies in 10 countries. In early 2016 she presented findings from her research at a co-hosted event with the Australian Government at the UN Commission for the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. In the UN CSW in 2016 and 2017 she was an expert panelist for the WHO event on women and NCDs.