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Chief Investigators

Chief Investigators (CIs) decide on and lead the direction of CAR. The centre has 10 CIs whose teams are based around Australia. They have their own home university or organisation and lead their own research teams whose members are typically also part of CAR.

Prof. Guy Marks 

University of NSW

Guy is a respiratory physician, an epidemiologist and a public health physician. He has led the Respiratory and Environmental Epidemiology group at the Woolcock since 1997. He has been a conjoint academic at UNSW since 1994 and University of Sydney since 1997. He has been a tenured Professor at UNSW since 2013. During 2016 he was a visiting academic at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

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Prof. Bin Jalaludin 

South Western Sydney Local Health District

Jal is currently Director, Epidemiology, Healthy People and Places Unit, South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD). He is a conjoint professor at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Air Pollution) at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney University, and Research Leader, Population Health and Health Services Stream, Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research. 

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Prof. Michael Abramson

Monash University

Michael is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and an honorary medical officer in Respiratory Medicine at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. His current research program covers the epidemiology of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, including genetic and environmental risk factors such as smoking, air pollution and occupation, and the role of spirometry in managing these conditions. Michael is also principal investigator of the Hazelwood Health Study which aims to understand the long term health impacts of the Morwell open cut fire mine adjacent to the Hazelwood power station in 2014.

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Prof. Lidia Morawska


Lidia Morawska is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Queensland University of Technology (WHO), Brisbane, Australia; Director, International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health at QUT, a WHO Collaborating Centre; Co-Director in Australia, Australia–China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management (ACC-AQSM); Adjunct Professor at the Jinan University, Guangzhou, China; and a Vice-Chancellor Fellow, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), University of Surrey, UK. She conducts fundamental and applied research in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact on human health and the environment, with a specific focus on science of airborne particulate matter. She is a physicist and received her doctorate at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland for research on radon and its progeny.  She has also been involved at the executive level with a number of relevant national/international professional bodies and has been acting as an advisor to the WHO. In 2021, she received the ISIAQ Special 2020 Award, elected a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Science in 2020, was named in the list of Top 40 Australian Researchers in The Australian Research Magazine and ranked 16,428 in the Stanford University ranking of 100,000 Top Scientists.

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Prof. Shyamali Dharmage

University of Melbourne

Shyamali is the Head of the Allergy and Lung Health Unit in the University of Melbourne and leads a large team of doctoral students and research fellows. Her Unit leads two of the world’s key longitudinal studies in allergies – the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study and Melbourne Atopy Family Cohort Study, PEBBLES - RCT on prevention of allergies and Australian arm of the RHINESSA international study. She is also a co-investigator of other key national and international studies in allergies and lung health including the European Union funded ALEC. She is a collaborator in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey that is being conducted in 28 countries and is the co-chair of the Early Life Risk Factors Working Group within this international study.

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Prof. Fay Johnston  

University of Tasmania

Fay is a public health physician and environmental epidemiologist who leads the Environmental Health research group at the Menzies Research Institute and is a Specialist Medical Advisor in Public and Environmental Health for the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services. Her program of research focuses on the health impacts of smoke from bushfires and other types of biomass combustion and she contributes to several international research collaborations in the area of landscape fires, biomass smoke and health.

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A/Prof. Geoff Morgan 

University of Sydney 

Geoff is an Associate Professor in Environmental Health at Sydney University. His time is split between epidemiological research, teaching and public health surveillance and policy development. His research specialises in combining state of the art biostatistical and geographical information system techniques with routinely collected health data linked to small area level socio-demographic and environmental risk factors.

Prof. Jane Heyworth 

University of Western Australia

Jane is an environmental epidemiologist with over 30 years experience in environmental health research, policy and practice. She is currently Deputy Head of the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Jane's specific research interests are in environmental causes of chronic illness and water quality and health. 

Prof. Graeme Zosky

University of Tasmania

Graeme is a biomedical researcher and Deputy Director of the Menzies School of Medical Research. Graeme is an expert on lung structure-function relationships and the development of novel techniques for the assessment of lung mechanics. His current research program is focused on the role of environmental exposures in determining lung growth and how this impacts on health and disease. He is also passionate about the impact of environmental exposures on health outcomes in disadvantaged populations.

Prof. Yuming Guo

Monash University

Yuming is a Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. His research group focuses on environmental epidemiology, biostatistics, global environmental change, air pollution, climate change, remote sensing modelling, and infectious disease modelling. He is renowned in the niche areas of air pollution, extreme weathers, and human health using novel applications of advanced statistical models

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