Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Lem Ngongalah

Postgraduate Research Student



My PhD is on maternal and childhood obesity amongst African women and children who have migrated from their home countries and settled in high income countries. I'm looking at post-migration factors that may influence obesity in this group such as dietary acculturation, physical activity and length of residence; as well as how African women's weight status may impact on their infant feeding choices and their children's weight or risk of obesity in childhood.

My research also looks at African women's knowledge, beliefs and perceptions on maternal and childhood obesity; and their understanding of how these might impact on themselves and their children


Research experience

I work part time as Research assistant at the Institute of Health and Society, participating in various projects on maternal and child obesity. I have also participated in developing proposals and conducting a variety of research projects on African populations in London and Africa. 


Research areas of interest

My main research interests include:

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Population/Global Health
  • Health Inequalities


MSc. Public Health & Nutrition

Pgd-Cert Health Policy

BSc (Hons) Biomedical science


  • British Federation of women Graduates – member
  • Collaboration for Research Excellence in Africa - executive member