Mariam trained as a dentist in Pakistan. She is a Diplomate in dental public health from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Mariam has also obtained a Masters degree in dental public health from the University of Sheffield, where she wrote a thesis on life course perspective and oral health. Her PhD research has focused on the social determinants of oral cancer in Pakistan through an oral history approach. Mariam was awarded the David Locker Scholarship during the course of her PhD study in Sheffield. She also has a background in evidence-based health care research and has conducted several systematic reviews with the Cochrane collaboration. Mariam is interested in raising the profile of public health and tobacco control, especially in lower and middle-income countries. She is currently working as a Research Associate and managing CLASS III (Children Learning About Secondhand Smoke) trial in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Previously, Mariam successfully project managed and delivered the FCTC 2030 Evaluation programme in 15 Low and Middle Income Countries.