Dr Rabiya Zia is a research associate working on the 'Excising Infection in the Surgical Environment' (EXiSE) project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The aim of the research is to develop a better understanding of the risk of aerosol related Surgical Site Infections [SSI] in operating theatres through re-examining the evidence and completing new research. Rabiya is currently working on a systematic review to summarise and examine the evidence for known risk factors for SSI. She will also be collecting qualitative evidence from surgeons and other stakeholders on the fitness for purpose of operating theatres, infection control risks, behaviours, procedures, and protocols.
Rabiya recently completed her PhD at Imperial College London and her thesis was titled "metabolic phenotyping of acute and chronic liver failure by 1H NMR spectroscopy and UPLC-MS" and focused on computational approaches to characterising metabolic changes in a clinical cohort focusing on identifying discriminatory markers for Acute Liver Failure and Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure and also 30 and 90 day survival.
In addition to her PhD, Rabiya previously completed a Masters in Virology and has a varied research background in molecular immunology, virology, hepatology and systems medicine and also clinical experience working part time as a healthcare assistant for Addenbrookes during her studies.