Associate Professor Luke Knibbs

Associate Professor

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
l.knibbs@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 55409

Overview

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.

Research Interests

  • Air Pollution
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Environmental Health
  • Bioaerosols

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Macquarie University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University
  • Master of Public Health, University of Sydney

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Dr Knibbs has projects available at Honours, Masters and PhD level. Please contact him directly to discuss these.

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Morawska, L., Jayaratne, E. R., Knibbs, L. D. and Megatmokhtar, M. (2011). Regulations and policy measures related to the reduction of ambient particulate matter. Urban Airborne Particulate Matter: Origin, Chemistry, Fate and Health Impacts. (pp. 599-622) edited by Fathi Zereini and Clare L. S. Wiseman.Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-12278-1_30

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Dr Knibbs has projects available at Honours, Masters and PhD level. Please contact him directly to discuss these.