Dr Rajalakshmi Lakshman

Clinical Investigator Scientist and Consultant in Public Health Medicine

Programme lead – Development and evaluation of interventions in infant feeding

Dr Rajalakshmi LakshmanEmail: rl284@mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk
Telephone: 01223769170

MRC Epidemiology Unit
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge, CB2 0QQ


  • PhD (Epidemiology), Cambridge University, UK,  2008-2011
  • CCT (Public Health), Faculty of Public Health, UK, 2002-2008
  • MFPH (Public Health), Faculty of Public Health, UK, 2002-2006
  • MSt (Public Health), Cambridge University, UK, 2002-2004
  • MRCP (Paediatrics), Royal College of Physicians, UK, 1997-1999
  • MD (Paediatrics), Bombay University, India, 1988-1991
  • DCH (Paediatrics), Bombay University, India, 1989-1991
  • MBBS (Medicine), Bombay University, India,1982-1988

Background and experience
Raj Lakshman has been working at the MRC Epidemiology Unit since January 2007. She trained in Paediatrics in London and Sheffield and in Public Health in Cambridge. Raj’s research focuses on understanding the determinants of behaviours leading to childhood obesity and developing and evaluating interventions targeting these determinants with the aim of preventing childhood obesity.

She obtained her PhD from Cambridge University in March 2012 and her dissertation titled ‘Development of complex interventions to prevent childhood obesity’ describes the development and evaluation of two interventions- in the family setting and in the school setting. In October 2011 Raj became a Clinical Senior Research Scientist at the Unit, and since July 2013 Raj has also worked as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine (Healthcare Public Health) for Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.

Current work and interests

  • Chief Investigator on the Baby Milk Trial which is an Explanatory Randomised Controlled Trial of a multi-component, theory-based behavioural intervention to prevent excess weight gain during infancy. The Baby Milk trial is funded by the National Prevention Research Initiative to recruit 700 babies and their parents.
  • Systematic Reviews of Determinants of obesity related dietary and physical activity behaviours in preschool children funded by the NIHR SfPHR (National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research).
  • Development and pilot trial of an environmental intervention to improve diet and physical activity among preschool children (Creating a Healthy Environment for Children: CHECk)).

Professional memberships and roles

  • Faculty of Public Health
  • General Medical Council



  • Lakshman R: G070165: 2008-2011- £249,356 MRC Health Services and Health of the Public Research Fellowship. Title: Development and testing of a multi-component intervention to reduce infant formula-milk intake and excess weight gain
  • Lakshman R et al: MR/J000361/1: 2012-2015- £770,114 NPRI. Establishing a Healthy Growth Trajectory from Birth: The Baby Milk Trial.
  • Lakshman R et al: NIHR School for Public Health Research: 2012-2014- £165,250. Systematic Reviews of Determinants of obesity-related dietary and physical activity behaviours in young children (0-6years
  • Redsell S et al: MRC PHID: 2014-2016- £149,995. Development and feasibility testing of an interactive, educational programme to facilitate Proactive Assessment of Obesity Risk during Infancy (ProAsk)


  • 1st Prize at the National NHS Innovations Award 2007.
  • 1st Prize at the NHS East of England Health and Social Care Award 2008.
  • Raymond and Beverly Sackler Studentship 2009/2011