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Dr Alif is a Research Fellow & epidemiologist working within the ASPREE unit based at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. His research interest primarily in occupational health with a focus on respiratory and cardiovascular epidemiology. Dr Alif completed his PhD in epidemiology and population health from the University of Melbourne in 2018. He held a Master of Public Health (MPH, Epidemiology) in 2009 and clinical background in Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2008 from Bangladesh.

Dr Alif's research program aims to improve workers' respiratory and cardiovascular conditions through early screening, prevention, and control of harmful workplace exposures. Dr Alif has a publication track record in the fields of occupational epidemiology. He has published 55 peer-reviewed articles and two technical reports. He has published two first-author and one with significant contribution in a top-ranked journal in the field of respiratory medicine, Thorax. He has led the investigation of occupational lung diseases 2006-2019 review report commissioned by SafeWork Australia, which has significant national impacts on this field of research.

Dr Alif was awarded an international France-Australia Science Innovation Collaboration (FASIC) Rod Rickards Fellowship in 2018, and this allows him to work in the French cohort data at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM).

Dr Alif's current work includes work on the ASPREE Longitudinal Study of Older Persons (ALSOP) Study, investigating the incidence of occupational asthma using data from the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) and respiratory health screening of stonemasons in Victoria. Dr Alif is a collaborating member of the ECRHS occupational working group, the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study group based at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, and a global study on the COVID-19 related stress. He is also advising as an epidemiologist to the COVID-19 Public Health Response Division, VicGovDH.


Dr Alif also involved in sessional teaching in the following courses:

Introductory Biostatistics (MPH5041 & MPH6041),

Biostatistics Concepts and Application (MPH5302),

Introduction and challenges of Public Health (MPH5288),

Epidemiology of chronic diseases (MPH5314),

Occupational health and safety (MPH5309)


Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Year 3B).

Unit coordinator (Advanced Studies in Biomedical Science-Biostatistics, BMS4200)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Epidemiology and Biostatistics , Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Melbourne

20 Sep 201331 Aug 2021

Award Date: 10 Apr 2018

Epidemiology, Master of Public Health (MPH), North South University

1 Sep 200831 Dec 2009

Award Date: 1 Apr 2011

Dentistry , Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Bangladesh Dental College

Award Date: 24 May 2008

External positions

Epidemiological advisor , Department of Health (DH) (Victoria)

1 Jun 2021 → …

Research area keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Occupational and environmental health
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Biostatistics


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