Associate Investigators

Associate Investigators (AIs) provide intellectual input into the research undertaken by CAR members, but unlike Chief Investigators are not involved in the everyday running of the centre. CAR has nine AIs, three of whom are based internationally. 

Dr Anna Hansell

University of Leicester 

Anna is setting up a new Centre in Environmental Health and Sustainability at the University of Leicester, UK, which will focus on air and noise pollution. She has ongoing national and international collaborations in air pollution research, including as a member of the respiratory steering group within the European Study of Cohorts and Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE). She has particular expertise in traffic noise, an important potential confounder for air pollution effects.

Prof. Bert Brunekreef

Universiteit Utrecht

Bert is an environmental epidemiologist working in the field of air pollution, health and the environment. After earning his PhD, he left the Netherlands to spend a year at the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2005 he became director of the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences at the University of Utrecht. His research interests cover a broad range of indoor and outdoor environmental exposures and their health effects

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Dr Mandana Mazaheri

Department of Planning and Environment, NSW

Mandana is a senior environmental scientist based at the NSW  Department of Planning and Environment. She is affiliated with the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (WHO Collaborating Centre for Air Quality and Health) and Queensland University of Technology. Her main research interests encompass urban air quality, human and environmental exposures, green spaces, and their health impacts.

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Dr Martin Cope


Martin is a principal research scientist based in the Ocean and Atmosphere Flagship in CSIRO. His areas of research include the relationship between climate change and air quality; simulating the sources and sinks of particle formation in urban and rural environments; the impact of alternative motor vehicle fuels on urban air quality and the burden of disease; the relationship between intra-urban pollution sources, population exposure and health impacts and investigating the transport and production of secondary inorganic and organic aerosols.

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Dr Martine Dennekamp

Environment Protection Authority, Victoria

Martine is an occupational and environmental epidemiologist working in the field of air pollution, health and the environment. Her environmental health research program and major interests are in the area of air quality and health, and in particular the association between health effects and smoke exposure from planned burns and bushfires, and the association between ambient air pollution and respiratory and cardiovascular health effects.

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A/Prof. Luke Knibbs

University of Queensland

Luke undertakes research and teaching on the health effects of environmental risk factors, with a specific focus on air pollution and bioaerosols (airborne particles of biological origin). One of his key current interests is the development of novel methods to improve exposure assessment in epidemiological studies of air pollution. Luke also teaches environmental health to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is the director of UQ’s Master of Public Health program.

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Michael Borgas


Michael was previously a principal research scientist at the CSIRO. 

Prof. Michael Brauer 

University of British Columbia

Michael is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at The University of British Columbia. He also directs the Bridge Program – a strategic training program linking public health, engineering and policy. His research emphasis is on linkages between the built environment and human health, with specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution, the global health impacts of air pollution and the relationships between multiple exposures mediated by urban form (air pollution, noise, greenness, walkability) and population health.

Prof. Ron Grunstein

University of Sydney 

Ron is a Professor of Sleep Medicine and a staff specialist physician in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He heads the Sleep and Circadian Research Group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and has an honorary appointment in respiratory and sleep medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Within CAR, he contributes leadership to projects on the effects of poor air quality on sleep as well as the potential effects of alternative energy on sleep physiology.

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