Researcher biography

Associate Professor Luke Knibbs conducts research and teaching on the health effects of environmental risk factors, with a specific focus on air pollution and respiratory pathogens. Since 2019, he has been head of the Planetary Health & Health Protection Division, one of three academic divisions within the School of Public Health (SPH).

Luke is Associate Professor of Environmental Health, having originally joined SPH as a Lecturer in 2012. Prior to that, he completed his PhD on ultrafine particle exposure assessment in 2009, followed by 3 years' postdoctoral training at the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health. He has a special interest in understanding the burden of disease due to anthropogenic air pollution and transmission of bacterial respiratory pathogens via bioaerosols.

He leads a team of research students (PhD, MPhil, and Honours) and research assistants. They are interested in novel approaches aimed at improving exposure assessment for both air pollution and bioaerosols. They also have an interest in children's environmental health, including prenatal exposures to air pollution and endocrine-disrupting chemicals and the respiratory effects of air pollution on children. The total research program spans individual-level experimental studies through to large-scale observational epidemiological investigations in Australia and overseas. They collaborate widely with leading local and international research groups.

Luke serves on the editorial board of Atmospheric Environment and is a section editor for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Luke's teaching is at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is the course co-ordinator of PUBH3009 (Environmental Health) and ENVH7003 (Environmental Health Risks - Physical Hazards). He also contributes to PUBH7027 (Introduction to Environmental Health) and delivers guest lectures in other SPH courses.