Dr. Kurmi is a Principal Investigator for the Respiratory Epidemiology program at the Population Health Research Institute. He completed his PhD from Department of Public Health, University of Aberdeen, UK studying the cardiorespiratory health effects of air pollution in rural and urban Nepal. After working as a post-doctoral researcher (Feb. 2009 – July 2012) at University of Birmingham, UK he joined Nuffield Department of population Health, University of Oxford in August 2012 as a senior scientist and worked there as a respiratory epidemiologist in the China Kadoorie Biobank cohort until December 2017.
He is mainly trained in respiratory epidemiology, environmental health, air borne pollutants assessment, biostatistics and health research methods. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. He has published around 38 articles in peer review journals and four book chapters. He has received Young Investigator Award (in 2011) by Occupational and Epidemiology Assembly of European Respiratory Society and David Bates Award (in 2008) by Environmental, Occupational and Population Health Assembly, American Thoracic Society.
Dr Kurmi’s main research interests are lifestyles, occupational and environmental determinants of respiratory health in both adults and children. He is interested in understanding the determinants of lung growth in children particularly in low and middle-income countries and their risk to chronic diseases during adulthood.