Researcher biography

Dr Luke Knibbs conducts research and teaching on the health effects of environmental risk factors, with a specific focus on anthropogenic air pollution and bioaerosols (airborne particles of biological origin).

Luke is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health and joined the School of Public Health in 2012. Prior to that, he did 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 air pollution and transmission of respiratory pathogens via bioaerosols.

He leads a team of research students (PhD, MPhil, and Honours) and research assistants. The team use novel approaches aimed at improving exposure assessment for both of these risk factors. They also have an interest in children's environmental health, including prenatal exposures to air pollution and endocrine disruptor chemicals. The total research program spans individual-level experimental studies through to large-scale observational epidemiological investigations. They collaborate widey with leading research groups in Australia and overseas.

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

Luke's teaching is at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is the director of the Master of Public Health program, and course co-ordinator for PUBH3009 (Environmental Health) and PUBH7032 (Children's Environmental Health). He also contibutes to PUBH7027 (Introduction to Environmental Health) and delivers guest lectures in other SPH courses.

Areas of research