Dr Nilam Khan


Pronouns: She/her
  • Research Associate - Mental Health and Return to Work Trial

Dr Nilam Khan is a Research Associate for the PROWORK Mental Health and Return-to-work toolkit, which forms part of the Mental Health and Productivity Pilot (MHPP), working alongside Professor Fehmidah Munir.

Nilam completed her PhD in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University in 2020, entitled Eucapnic voluntary hyperpnoea and exercise challenge to assess exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in University athletes. In 2022 and 2023, she worked as a Research Fellow for the Wellcome-funded longitudinal Born in Bradford birth cohort, where she recruited 20 schools onto the Age of Wonder project. Nilam was instrumental in providing outputs for the mental health and wellbeing pilot outcomes from BiB Age of Wonder, and laid the foundations for future recruitment of schools and young people into the study. She used a mixed methods research approach to help collate data in the form of questionnaires, cognitive and physical measures. Her interest in health, wellbeing and lack thereof, of athletes, adolescents and adults continues into the PROWORK project. Nilam also supports the Active and Healthy Living project, which forms part of the Loughborough Town Deal.

Nilam’s doctoral research on the respiratory health of athletes allowed her to master quantitative skills in large data set analysis. Her work involved the recruitment of over 100 University athletes and performance of  exercise challenge testing, a rigorous breathing test to assess exercise-induced asthma, the repeatability of the test as well as analysis of inflammatory & oxidative stress markers implicated in asthma. Nilam expanded her quantitative skills and gained extensive project management skills during her work for Born in Bradford Age of Wonder, where she also co-produced materials and co-developed the study to match the needs of schools and young people. She is well acquainted with NHS ethics amendments. Nilam single-handedly recruited the first 15 schools of BiB AoW and actively took part in engagement, negotiation and GDPR as well as consent agreements with school leadership. She is particularly interested in questionnaire outcomes, vitamin D findings from BiB AoW, as well as closely involved in physical activity measures from her work as Research Fellow at BiB Age of Wonder.

In her current role, Nilam is conducting the PROWORK mental health and return to work trial. This is part of the Mental Health and Productivity Pilot (MHPP), which aims to address an established evidence gap in the relationship between workplace mental wellbeing and long-term impact on productivity.

Nilam has secured a Fellowship as Data Steward in ELIXIR-UK, where she develops data management bytes and delivers training workshops in order to increase knowledge of data management. She is currently also supervising Master of Public Health students at the University of Bradford, thus expanding her supervision and lecturing skills.

Nilam remains passionate about health and wellbeing outside of work and is a Level 3 personal trainer and archery coach for disabled and non-disabled young people and adults.

Featured publications

  • Khan N.A., Lindley M.R., Mastana S.S., Female but not male athletes demonstrate variation in ventilation during repeat Eucapnic voluntary hyperpnoea challenge, In press, 2023
  • Khan N.A., Lindley M.R., Mastana S.S., Sex differences in ventilation amongst athletes undergoing Eucapnic voluntary hyperpnoea challenge testing for Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction, Arch Sports Med 4(2); 215-221, 2020
  • Khan, N.A. and Lindley, M.R., Sex differences in athletes with asthma and exercise-induced bronchoconstriction: future directions. Future Sci. OA 3(4), 2017, FSO227