Dr Jake O'Brien

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
j.obrien2@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 32448

Overview

Jake O’Brien is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS). He has a keen interest in wastewater-based epidemiology and his PhD focussed on refining the uncertainties and expansion of wastewater-based epidemiology for assessing population exposure to chemicals (conferred in 2017, UQ).

As a research focussed academic, he is interested in wastewater-based epidemiology, understanding the fate of chemicals both within the sewer network and in wastewater treatment plants, developing analytical methods for chemicals of emerging concern, and characterising plastics within biological and environmental samples. Jake is also a Chief Investigator on the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program funded by the Australian Criminal Intelligence.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours Class 1, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • (2019) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • O'Malley, Elissa, O'Brien, Jake and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Analysis of Multiclass UV Filters in Wastewater by LC-MS/MS. In: SETAC Australasia Conference 2017, Gold Coast, Australia, (). 4-6 September 2017.

  • Choi, Phil M. , O'Brien, Jake W. , Tscharke, Ben , Thomas, Kevin V. and Mueller, Jochen F. (2017). Assessing population health by wastewater analysis. In: 2nd Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium 2017, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia, (). 2-3 November 2017.

  • Bruno, Raimondo, Edirisinghe, Methsiri, Hall, Wayne, Mueller, Jochen, Lai, Foon Yin, O'Brien, Jake and Thai, Phong (2017). Association between purity of seized drugs with their daily loads measured in wastewater in an Australian catchment from 2010-2015. In: Testing the Waters 2017: 3rd International conference on “Wastewater – Based Drug Epidemiology”, Lisbon, Portugal, (). 26-27 October 2017.

  • Kayalar, Hasan , O'Brien, Jake , Shimko, Katja , Tscharke, Ben , Choi, Phil , Ferris, Jason , Eaglesham, Geoff , Jiang, Hui , Barron, Leon , Mueller, Jochen and Thomas, Kevin (2017). Can wastewater analysis be used to inform on the clandestine production of methylamphetamine?. In: 2nd Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, (). 2-3 November 2017.

  • Shimko, Katja , O'Brien, Jake , Kayalar, Hasan , Choi, Phil , Jiang, Hui , Tscharke, Ben , Zahnow, Renee , Eaglesham, Geoff , Mueller, Jochen, Barron, Leon and Thomas, Kevin (2017). Can wastewater-based epidemiology be used for the assessment of anabolic steroid use?. In: 2nd Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium 2017, Brisbane, Australia, (). 2-3 November 2017.

  • Shimko, Katja, O'Brien, Jake, Kayalar, Hasan, Choi, Phil, Jiang, Hui, Tscharke, Ben, Zahnow, Renee, Eaglesham, Geoff, Mueller, Jochen, Barron, Leon and Thomas, Kevin (2017). Can wastewater-based epidemiology be used for the assessment of anabolic steroid use?. In: Qld Annual Chemistry Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, (). 27 November 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake , Tscharke, Ben , Gerber, Cobus , Grant, Sharon , White, Jason , Thomas, Kevin , Bade, Richard and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Development of a national wastewater drug monitoring program in Australia. In: Lisbon Addictions: 2nd European Conference on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies, Lisbon, Portugal, (). 24-26 October 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake, Grant, Sharon, Thai, Phong, Ort, Christoph, Eaglesham, Geoff, Vijayasarathy, Soumini, Lai, Foon Yin, Covaci, Adrian, Novic, Andrew, Tscharke, Ben, Choi, Phil, Thomas, Kevin and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Finding population and demographic markers in wastewater using samples collected during a population census. In: Testing the Waters 2017: 3rd International conference on “Wastewater – Based Drug Epidemiology”, Lisbon, Portugal, (). 26-27 October 2017.

  • Been, Frederic, O'Brien, Jake, Lai, Foon Yin, van Nuijs, Alexander, Covaci, Adrian and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Methamphetamine pyrolysis byproducts in wastewater – a way of distinguishing administration routes?. In: Testing the Waters 2017: 3rd International conference on “Wastewater – Based Drug Epidemiology”, Lisbon, Portugal, (). 26-27 October 2017.

  • Tscharke, Ben , O'Brien, Jake , Gerber, Cobus , Grant, Sharon , White, Jason , Thomas, Kevin , Bade, Richard and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Spatial differences in illicit drug use in Australia’s capital and regional areas; initial results from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. In: SETAC Australasia Conference 2017, Gold Coast, Australia, (). 4-6 September 2017.

  • Tscharke, Ben , Gerber, Cobus , O'Brien, Jake , Grant, Sharon , Mueller, Jochen, Thomas, Kevin , Bade, Richard and White, Jason (2017). Spatial differences in illicit drug use in Australia’s capital and regional areas; initial results from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. In: Testing the waters 2017 Wastewater-based epidemiology: current applications and future perspectives 3rd international conference, Lisbon, Portugal, (). 26-27 October 2017.

  • Thomas, Kevin , O'Brien, Jake , Bijlsma, Lubertus , Castiglioni, Sara , Covaci, Adrian , de Voogt, Pim , Emke, Erik , Hernandez, Felix , Gerber, Cobus , Grant, Sharon , Kasprzyk-Hordern, Barbara , Mueller, Jochen , Ort, Christoph , Reid, Malcolm , Tscharke, Ben , van Nuijs, Alexander and White, Jason (2017). The challenges of performing large-scale multi-city wastewater-based epidemiology studies. In: Testing the waters 2017 Wastewater-based epidemiology: current applications and future perspectives 3rd international conference, Lisbon, Portugal, (). 26-27 October 2017.

  • Choi, Phil M. , O'Brien, Jake W. , Tscharke, Ben , Mackie, Rachel , Eaglesham, Geoff , Grant, Sharon , Thomas, Kevin V. and Mueller, Jochen F. (2017). Towards monitoring population food consumption and dietary status using wastewater based epidemiology. In: 13th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Society, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia, (). 26-29 June 2017.

  • Gartner, Coral Elizabeth, Lai, Foon , Mueller, Jochen F., Crothers, Anna , Wilkins, Chris, Hall, Wayne Denis (UQCCR), Bruno, Raimondo, Prichard, Jeremy and O'Brien, Jake (2017). Use of wastewater-based epidemiology to monitor nicotine consumption in Australian and New Zealand communities. In: Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting, Florence, Italy, (). 8-11 March 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake , Grant, Sharon , Thai, Phong , Ort, Christoph , Eaglesham, Geoff , Vijayasarathy, Soumini , Lai, Foon Yin , Covaci, Adrian , Novic, Andrew , Tscharke, Ben , Choi, Phil , Thomas, Kevin and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Using wastewater analysis to find demographic markers. In: 2nd Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium 2017, Brisbane, Australia, (). 2-3 November 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake , Grant, Sharon , Thai, Phong , Ort, Christoph , Eaglesham, Geoff , Vijayasarathy, Soumini , Lai, Foon Yin , Covaci, Adrian , Novic, Andrew , Tscharke, Ben , Choi, Phil , Thomas, Kevin and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Using wastewater analysis to find population and demographic markers in wastewater. In: SETAC Australasia Conference 2017, Gold Coast, Australia, (). 4-6 September 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake , Tscharke, Ben , Grant, Sharon , Thai, Phong , Ort, Christoph , Lai, Foon Yin , Mackie, Rachel , Covaci, Adrian , Bruno, Raimondo , Gartner, Coral , Prichard, Jeremy , Hall, Wayne , Kirkbride, Paul , Choi, Phil , Thomas, Kevin and Mueller, Jochen (2017). Wastewater analysis: a tool for measuring population consumption of chemicals and release of chemicals to the environment. In: Environmental Health Australia 42nd National Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 16-19 October 2017.

  • O'Brien, Jake, Thai, Phong, Ort, Christoph, Thomas, Kevin, Reid, Malcolm, Baz Lomba, José Antonio, Lai, Foon Yin and Mueller, Jochen (2016). A modelling approach to estimate the number of people contributing to a wastewater sample using population biomarkers. In: 26th Annual Conference of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES 2016): Interdisciplinary Approaches for Health and the Environment. 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Society of Exposure Sicence, Utrecht, Netherlands, (57-57). 9 - 13 October 2016.

  • Killian, Jessica, Lloyd, Belinda, Lai, Foon Yin, O'Brien, Jake W. and Mueller, Jochen F. (2016). Alcohol, nicotine and illicit drug testing in wastewater in Victoria. In: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2016, Sydney, Australia, (46-46). 30 October – 2 November 2016. doi:10.1111/dar.12484

  • Lai, F. Y., Hall, W., Wilkins, C., Gartner, C., Carter, S., Anuj, S., O'Brien, J. W., Thai, P., Bruno, R., Prichard, J., Kirkbride, P. and Mueller, J. F. (2015). Application of wastewater-based epidemiology on monitoring illicit drug, alcohol and nicotine use in Australian and New Zealand populations. In: Testing the Waters, Ascona, Switzerland, (). 11-15 October 2015.

  • Thai, Phong K., Lai, Foonyin, O'Brien, Jake W., Bruno, Raimondo, Hall, Wayne, Edirisinghe, Methsiri, Kirkbride, Paul, Prichard, Jeremy and Mueller, Jochen (2015). Long-term monitoring of cathinone use using wastewater analysis in an urban catchment in South East Queensland. In: , , (62-62). .

  • Mueller, J. F., Lai, F. Y., Thai, P., O'Brien, J., Ort, C., Gartner, C., Prichard, J., Bruno, R., van Dyken, E., Humphries, M., Carter, S., Wilkins, P., Kirkbride, W. and Hall, W. (2015). Reading wastewater downunder. In: Testing the Waters, Ascona, Switzerland, (). 11-15 October 2015.

  • Thai, Phong K., Van Dyken, Emma, Banks, Andrew, Lai, Foonyin, O'Brien, Jake, Bruno, Raimondo, Hall, Wayne D., Prichard, Jeremy and Mueller, Jochen F. (2014). Refining the Excretion Factor for the Back-Estimation of Methadone Consumption in Sewer Epidemiology. In: Special Issue: Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2014. Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2014, Adelaide, SA Australia, (59-59). 9-12 November 2014. doi:10.1111/dar.12222

  • Lai, F. Y., Thai, P. K., O'Brien,, Kele, B., Ort, C., Gartner, C., Carter, S., Hall, W., Prichard, J., Bruno, R., Kirkbride, P., Eaglesham, G. and Mueller, J. F. (2012). Evaluation of illicit drug prevalence among attendees at a music festival via wastewater analysis. In: Proceedings of the 2nd SETAC Australasia Conference. 2nd SETAC Australasia Conference, Brisbane, QLD Australia, (). 4-6 July 2012.

  • Lai, F. Y., Thai, P. K., Ort, C., O'Brien, J., Kele, B., Hall, W., Gartner, C., Bruno, R., Kirkbride, P. and Mueller, J. F. (2012). Forensic epidemiology: estimating illicit drug prevalence at a music festival through wastewater analysis. In: 21st International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, Hobart, TAS Australia, (). 23-27 September 2012.

  • Lai, F. Y., Thai, P. K., O'Brien, J., Kele, B., Ort, C., Gartner, C., Carter, S., Hall, W., Prichard, J., Bruno, R., Kirkbride, P., Eaglesham, G. and Mueller, J. F. (2012). Using wastewater analysis to measure illicit substance use among attendees of a music festival. In: 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminiology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, (). 27-29 November 2012.

  • Lai, F. Y., Thai, P. K., O'Brien, J., Mueller, J. F., Ort, C., Carter, S., Eaglesham, G., Prichard, J., Bruno, R., van Dyken, E., Hall, W., Gartner, C., Humphries, M. and Karpievitch, Y. (2012). Wastewater "epidemiology": competitor or complement to survey studies?. In: 2012 National Drug Trends Conference. Drugs, crime and the front-line: Australiasian perspective, Sydney, NSW Australia, (). 9 October 2012.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision