Shaolin is a Research Fellow in Health Economics at the Health Organisation, Policy and Economics (HOPE). She completed her PhD in Economics (2010) at the University of Dundee and has subsequently worked at Dundee as the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) Research Fellow in Health Economics on a number of research projects. In 2013 she joined the Imperial College London to conduct research within the economics, evaluation and policy research stream of the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety and Translational Research Centre. Shaolin took a three-year career break to care for her children and returned to academic life at the University of Manchester in 2018. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London.