1. Environmental Health Toxicology

Professor Kevin Thomas

Professor Thomas’ research is focused on better understanding the environmental fate, behaviour, effects and risks associated with contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) with the goal of protecting environmental and human health.

Research topics include:

  • Assessing community-wide health status through urban wastewater fingerprinting. 
  • Alternative matrices for exposure monitoring. For example explanted silicone prostheses and wristbands.
  • Microparticulate plastic particles as environmental contaminants.
  • Analytical methods for the characterization of contaminants of emerging concern (target/suspect-screening/non-target analysis).


Professor Jochen Mueller

The focus of Professor Mueller’s research is identifying organic pollutants and measuring their potential effects on people and the environment.

Research topics include:

  • Sources, fate and human exposure to fluorinated surfactants and other firefighting-related chemicals in soil, air and groundwater
  • Estimating per capita use and release of chemicals by wastewater analysis
  • Sources and fate (sorption/facilitated transport processes) of fluorinated compounds at coastal airports
  • Long-term temporal trends in Australian air contamination (using Environmental Specimen Bank archived samples from 2009 to date).


Professor Jack Ng

Professor Ng is one of very few certified toxicologists in Australia and is research theme leader for Environmental Health Risk Assessment at QAEHS, as well as Program Leader for Risk Assessment at CRC-CARE (Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment). His major research objective is to understand source, exposure and toxicological effects of environmental pollutants for evidence-based risk assessment, and provide intervention strategies to safeguard environmental and human health. Themes include chemical speciation in environmental and biological media, bioavailability in relationship to toxicities, carcinogenicity and mechanistic studies of environmental contaminants.

Research topics include:

  • In vitro bioaccessibility and toxicity methods for health risk assessment of mixtures of environmental pollutants
  • Molecular mechanism of benzene-induced leukaemogenesis.
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2. Environmental Health Microbiology

Dr Philip Bond

Dr Philip Bond is a senior research fellow in environmental microbiology who has the expertise to determine and understand the function of microorganisms in their environment. This includes investigations of engineered environments such as in wastewater and water treatment and supply systems. The approaches focus on use of advanced molecular methods such as next generation sequencing and metagenomic, transcriptomic and proteomic analyses.

Research topics include:

  • Understanding and control of pathogenic bacteria (e.g. Legionella) in engineered water systems
  • Dissemination and transfer of antibiotic resistance genes across the entire urban water system
  • Assessing and mitigating aerosol emissions from wastewater treatment systems
  • Understanding the fate and transport of selected biomarkers in sewers.

Current projects include:

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3. Environmental Health Epidemiology

Professor Michele Haynes

Senior Research Fellow Dr Jason Ferris

Research Fellow Dr Danilo Bolano

Professor Haynes, Dr Ferris and Dr Bolano provide expert supervision in environmental epidemiology. Professor Haynes is a statistician with over twenty years’ experience in the development and application of statistical methodology for the analysis of data, particularly in the social sciences. Dr Ferris is a statistician has over ten years of social science and public health research experience, with a strong focus on alcohol and drug research, sexual health, and adolescent health. Dr Bolano is a demographer and social statistician with expertise in quantitative methods for social sciences and longitudinal data analysis.

Research topics include:

  • Clandestine drug labs and evaluation of remediation practices in Queensland
  • Waste-water analysis
  • Spatial analysis (e.g. alcohol outlet density, alley lighting changes) and population health harms
  • Social determinants of environmental and health risk exposure
  • Interrelationships between social processes, environmental exposure and health outcomes over the life course.


Dr Luke Knibbs

Dr Knibbs is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health, with special interests in air pollution, bioaerosols (airborne particles of biological origin), and novel approaches to improving exposure assessment in environmental epidemiology.

Research topics include:

  • Air pollution epidemiology, exposure assessment, infectious disease transmission
  • Geospatial methods in Environmental Health.


Associate Professor Simon Reid

Associate Professor Reid is an epidemiologist with an interest in research to improve the detection and control of infectious diseases with a particular emphasis on zoonotic diseases such as leptospirosis and influenza.

Research topics include:

  • The epidemiology of cryptosporidiosis in rural and remote Australia

Current projects include:

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4. Environmental Health Risk Communication

Associate Professor Kelly Fielding

Associate Professor Fielding’s research focuses broadly on understanding and communicating about environmental health risk perceptions.

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