Uma joined HERU as a part-time PhD student in October 2015 after completing an MSc in Health Economics, also at HERU. The title of her PhD is ‘Time Preference, Present Bias and Physical Activity'. It is a cross-disciplinary project with Professor Marjon van der Pol as the primary supervisor and Dr Julia Allan from Health Psychology as second supervisor. The PhD is funded internally by the Institute of Applied Health Sciences and aims to develop and test an interactive web-based tool to increase an individual's physical activity by taking into account their time preference. The project combines Uma’s interests in behavioural economics with her interest in the benefits of exercise on health. Uma graduated from Dundee University with a degree in Maths and Statistics and worked as a computer analyst programmer prior to studying health economics.