Affiliates

CAR Affiliates are members of CAR who have received seed funding to undertake CAR relevant research projects or who are actively involved with CAR's capacity building activities such as training, meetings and workshops. 

Dr Amanda Wheeler 

Australian Catholic University 

Amanda's research will focus on the links between cognitive health and air pollution exposure. The project is based in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Barcelona. Prior to this, Amanda was a research fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical research. Her research aimed to improve the monitoring of smoke exposure as well as its impacts on health. 

Dr Jennifer Perret

University of Melbourne

Jennifer is a physician-trained respiratory and sleep epidemiologist who is undertaking her postdoc fellowship under Prof Shyamali Dharmage at the Allergy and Lung Health Unit. She has built on and extended her doctoral work on the host and environmental determinants of reduced lung function in middle age to include aspects of outdoor air pollution to encompass the interplay between air pollutants, systemic inflammation and cardiorespiratory health.

Dr Christine Cowie

University of Sydney

Christine is an environmental epidemiologist with a research focus on quantifying the health effects of air pollution exposures and developing appropriate tools for exposure measurement. She has a special interest in the health effects of traffic- related exposures. She has a broad background in environmental health, encompassing research, teaching at the University of Sydney and policy implementation with the NSW Health Department for more than 10 years as well as work with a Public Health Unit.

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Dr Rachel Tham

Australian Catholic University, University of Melbourne and La Trobe University

Rachel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, ACU. Her research focuses on the associations between ambient air pollution and noise and cognitive health of older adults. Rachel completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2017 – her research focused on the combined role of outdoor fungal spores, air pollution and human rhinovirus on asthma hospitalisations and lung function. She has a broad background in public health encompassing clinical education. This includes examining of dental and oral heath therapy students at La Trobe University, teaching Evidence Based Clinical Practice and Environmental Medicine to medical students at Monash University, and research in oral health and rural health students.

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Dr Gavin Pereira

Telethon Kids Institute and Curtin University

Gavin is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with appointments at the Yale School of Public Health and the Telethon Kids Institute. He investigates the environmental determinants of health through the life course. Ambient air pollution and the built environment are focuses of Gavin's policy-relevant research on exposures. Gavin also focuses on pregnancy and perinatal outcomes such as foetal growth, preterm birth and stillbirth. 

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Dr Shandy Li 

Monash University 

Shandy is a research fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a recipient of the NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. Shandy is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with a special focus on atmospheric environmental health and child health issues. She has published broadly in high-ranked topic relevant journals and has worked with Chinese government agencies (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and CDC), numerous universities/research institutes across the world and UNICEF.

Dr Grant Williamson  
A/Prof. Andrea Hinwood 

University of Tasmania

Grant is a landscape ecologist and spatial scientist whose interdisciplinary research bridges the fields of ecology and human health. His previous research includes the impacts of mosquito control and climate change on mangrove communities, the climatic and human drivers of wildfires and fire danger, and the dynamics and human health impact of smoke wildfires and prescribed fires on human health. Grant was instrumental in the development of the AirRater smartphone app. He completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide, and is a senior research fellow in the Environmental Change Biology lab at the University of Tasmania.

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Environmental Protection Authority, Victoria

Andrea is an environmental scientist with specialisation in environmental exposures. She is currently the Victorian EPA’s Chief Environmental Scientist.

Andrea is an experienced leader of technical and scientific groups and contributor to organisational strategy and sustainability in government and tertiary education. She is an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and Edith Cowan University.

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Dr Mark Hibberd

Mark was previously a principal research scientist in air quality at CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship as well as president of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand. Mark’s areas of expertise include air quality modelling of point source and urban air pollution, including odour using field, laboratory, and computer modelling studies; exposure modelling and health impact of air pollution; advice to state and federal authorities as well as industry and community groups.

Dr Richard Broome 
Dr Richard Broome 

NSW Department of Health

Richard is a public health physician specialising in epidemiology and environmental health. He is Director of the Public Health Observatory in the Department of Health’s Sydney Local Health District. His particular interest is in air pollution impact assessment and the development of tools to translate the results of epidemiological studies into information that is relevant for local policy makers.

Dr Bijan Yeganeh 

Shahid Beheshti University 

Bijan is undertaking a postdoc on developing novel methods for estimating the human exposure to air pollutants using satellite data in combination with land use, meteorological and traffic information. As a previous CAR PhD student, he applied machine learning methods for estimating the gaseous pollutants and particulate matter concentration in south-east Queensland, Australia. He has extended his PhD research on the application of wireless sensor networks in air quality monitoring. He is also passionate about using big data in health impact assessment.

A/Prof. Donna Green 

University of NSW

Donna focuses on human-environment interactions, specifically on social and economical vulnerability, adaptation and risk. Her current research program uses indigenous and non-indigenous knowledge to understand climate impacts on remote communities in northern Australia. Her second area of research links human health impacts with climate extremes in urban areas. Her teaching focuses on linking energy policy, climate change and environmental impacts in Australia and internationally. 

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University of Melbourne

Caroline is a senior research fellow in the Allergy and Lung Health Unit in the University of Melbourne. Using her skills from a background in medicine and epidemiology, she leads a program on the molecular epidemiology of obstructive lung disease, focusing on early life influences including indoor and outdoor air pollution. A major focus is investigating early life microbiome, its modifiers, and how this may contribute to low lung function, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

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Dr Gayan Bowatte

University of Melbourne

Gayan is a research fellow within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Gayan completed his PhD in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Shyamali Dharmage. His work focuses on the impact of exposure to traffic related air pollution (TRAP) and allergy and respiratory outcomes by using the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS). 

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Dr Farhad Salimi 

University of Sydney

Farhad is a Postdoc Fellow at University of Sydney and conducts research in the field of air pollution and its impact on human health, with a specific focus on airborne particulate matter. He received his PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award. He also has a special interest in novel statistical approaches in air pollution exposure assessment.

University of Sydney

Farhad is a Postdoc Fellow at University of Sydney and conducts research in the field of air pollution and its impact on human health, with a specific focus on airborne particulate matter. He received his PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award. He also has a special interest in novel statistical approaches in air pollution exposure assessment.

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University of Sydney

Ed is an epidemiologist and biostatistician working in environmental and planetary health at the University of Sydney School of Public Health. He is  completing a PhD investigating environmental exposures, air pollution and temperature, and their health effects on vulnerable people in NSW. In 2018, he completed the NSW Health Biostatistics Training Program and Master of Biostatistics, which involved work in environmental health, road safety and perinatal health.

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A/Prof. Thanh Nguyen 

University of Engineering and Technology, Vietnam National University 

Thanh is a computer scientist and remote sensing specialist in the fields of air pollution, land cover and land use change at the University of Engineering and Technology, Vietnam National University Hanoi. She is leading groups that map air pollution using land-use regression, chemical transportation modelling and radioactive transfer modelling. She also works in using low-cost sensors to monitor air pollution and forest/biomass burning emission. Thanh obtained her PhD degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Ferrara, Italy, in 2012. 

Dr David
Donaire-Gonzalez 

Australian Catholic University

David is an environmental epidemiologist with a background in physical activity sciences, psychology and physiotherapy, and a lecturer with the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research. His previous research at ISGlobal (Barcelona) and IRAS (Utrecht) focused on developing novel methodologies to accurately assess personal exposures and behaviours (including physical activity, contact with natural outdoor environments and exposure to air pollution, noise and ultraviolet radiation). His long-term research goal is to understand the relationship and effects of environment and behaviour on health, and to design effective preventive health interventions.

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Donaire-Gonzalez 
Dr Nhung Nguyen
Thi Trang

Hanoi University of Public Health

Nhung Nguyen Thi Trang (MPHM, PhD) is a biostatistician and a senior lecturer and researcher at Hanoi University of Public Health. Nhung graduated as an Engineer of Applied Mathematics from Hanoi University of Science and Technology in 2001. She received her PhD degree of Epidemiology in University of Basel in 2017. Nhung studies environmental health, focusing on air pollution research. She is leading two studies about the health effects of air pollution in Vietnam. Nhung has participated in a study on estimating the burden of disease and injury in Vietnam and has been working as a collaborator of global burden of diseases team. Nhung also has around 15 years’ experience in teaching biostatistics and data analysis.

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