Professor Peter D. Sly AO, MBBS, MD, DSc, FThorSoc, FERS, FAPSR, FAHMS

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Professor Sly is a NH&MRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and a paediatric respiratory physician with extensive research experience in respiratory physiology, developmental immunology and children's environmental health. Professor Sly is a frequent speaker at international conferences and widely published in the leading journals in his field. Faced with the global challenge of the escalating incidence of childhood lung diseases, Professor Peter Sly seeks to identify and develop preventative strategies for children at greatest risk.

Senior Staff

Dr. Emmanuelle Fantino BSc, MSc, PhD


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Dr Fantino completed a PhD in Cellular Biology and Microbiology at the Faculté des Sciences de Luminy, Marseille, France in 1991. Dr Fantino was then employed as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Biological Chemistry (1991-1993) and Department of Physiology and Biophysics (1993-1998) at the College of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, USA. Dr Fantino came to Australia in 1999 to join Cytopia Research in Melbourne, a start-up drug discovery and development company focused on treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases. She was appointed Head of Protein Chemistry in 2001 and Head of Biology in 2007 until 2009 when the company closed down its research activities to focus on the development of products in clinical trials and was purchased by YM Biosciences. Dr Fantino joined the QCMRI in 2010 to work in Professor Peter Sly's group focusing on inflammatory airway diseases in children.

Dr. Fantino is responsible for basic science and laboratory aspects of the program.

Professional Staff

Ms Fiona Goldizen MSc - CHEP Coordinator

Ms Goldizen coordinates projects and collaborative research partnerships for CHEP, in partnership with the World Health Organization Network of Collaborating Centres in Children’s Environmental Health. She has an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and previous experience at the World Health Organization and Global Change Institute.

Honorary Staff



Dr Colleen Lau is an NHMRC Fellow at the Research School of Population Health, Australian National University.  Her research interests include infectious disease epidemiology, environmental health, travel medicine, tropical medicine, and the impact of global environmental change on the emergence of infectious diseases. Her current projects include epidemiological studies on leptospirosis and lymphatic filariasis, and the application of geographic information systems and novel modelling approaches to explore environmental drivers of disease transmission. She is also involved in clinical research on travel vaccines, malaria prophylaxis, and illness in travellers. Apart from her research activities, Colleen works as a travel medicine doctor and general practitioner.

Dr Kurt Long

Dr Kurt Long is a human biologist and Research Scientist at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel. Kurts work has focused on the burden of diarrhoeal diseases and childhood malnutrition in developing countries, he has worked extensively in Mexico and has an adjuct appointment at the Centre for Nutrition and Food Security at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.  He has been developing causal models that predict children’s exposure risk and effectiveness of different WASH and nutrition interventions using data from the Global Enteric Multi-Center Study (GEMS).  A newly funded BMGF initiative will allow the integration of these causal and spatial modelling techniques into a risk assessment framework that determines how household pathogen sources and transmission pathways are associated with enteric pathogen outcomes.  This framework can serve as an important toolkit that demonstrates how to best integrate geographically different interventions to more effectively reduce the burden of diarrhoea and childhood malnutrition. 

Dr Inong Gunanti


Dr Gunanti is an Honorary Research Fellow with a joint appointment between the Child Health Research Centre, School of Medicine the University of Queensland and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel. She has extensive experience as a senior lecturer at the Public Health Faculty, Airlangga University, Indonesia. Much of her career has been spent in public health practice, particularly as a public health nutritionist involved in remedial natural disaster relief efforts in various situations in Indonesia. Dr Gunanti’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, and Master’s degrees in both Science and Public Health. She received her MPH and PhD in nutrition from the School of Population Health, UQ. Her research has focused predominantly on micronutrient status, adiposity, metabolic syndrome and environmental drivers of obesity amongst children. She has been working closely with Dr Kurt Long as part of a research team funded by a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant. Using data from the Global Enteric Multi-Center Study (GEMS), this project focuses on developing causal models which predict children’s exposure risk and the effectiveness of different WASH and nutritional interventions.  Dr Gunanti's role involves her in the development and day-to-day coordination of the project, conducting data management and analysis, the preparation and publishing of papers and ongoing liaison with a cross-disciplinary research team.

Project Leaders

Maria Jose Gomez Ramos


Maria Jose Gomez received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Almeria, Spain, in 2008. Her research has been mainly focused on the development of new mass spectrometry analytical methods to the analysis of target and non-target organic contaminants in different environmental matrices and the identification of transformation products generated in the environment and after the application of treatment technologies. Currently she is also interested in developing analytical methods to monitor children's exposure to multiple environmental chemicals as part of a strategy to identify links between exposure and burden disease.

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Yiqin Chen PhD Candidate (Joint supervision: Professor Jochen Mueller, Entox)


Yiqin Chen is currently completing her PhD at The University of Queensland in conjunction with the National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (Entox), supervised by Professor Jochen Mueller and Professor Peter Sly. Yiqin's work focuses on developing and validating a non-invasive method (by using biomarker of baby faeces) for estimating infant exposure to a range of environmental pollutants, mainly PLOPs.

Karin English


Karin is completing the clinician scientist training program at the University of Queensland.  Karin graduated from Duke University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science.  Her academic focus was Biology and Environmental Sciences.  She conducted her final year research in toxicology in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke.  The focus of Karin's research at CHEP is on exposure of infants to toxins in the home, with a particular focus on insecticides and flame retardants.  Karin is creating and validating an online exposure assessment tool to predict the risk of exposure of infants to toxins in the home.  

Jemma Nokes BEng(chem)(hons), BSc, MPhil candidate


Jemma Nokes is an MBBS student concurrently completing an MPhil in Environmental Health at The University of Queensland through the School of Medicine, the School of Population Health and CHEP. Jemma's research is focusing on the health impact potential of Coal Seam Gas exposures on perinatal health outcomes. Jemma will be supervised by Professor Peter Sly, Dr Paul Jagals and Dr Colleen Lau and comes to the team with a strong background in Chemical Engineering, environmental modelling and risk assessment.   

Mohamad Assoum BSc, MIPH (hons), GradDip GIS - (Joint PhD: UQ and Imperial College London)


Mohamad is a medical geographer presently conducting a PhD investigating the spatiotemporal distribution of neglected tropical diseases (NTD) and associated morbidity and the spatiotemporal variation in cost-effectiveness of national NTD programs in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a joint PhD between the University of Queensland and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative at Imperial College London. Mohamad’s supervisory team includes Dr. Ricardo Soares Magalhães and Dr. Colleen Lau.

Kei Owada, PhD candidate


Kei is a PhD candidate in infectious disease epidemiology at QCMRI, UQ School of Medicine. Kei has a background in Public Health and Epidemiology. Before commencing her PhD, Kei worked in the field for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Kei also worked as  a research assistant with the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and the Eastern Health Clinical School at Monash University under the supervision of Associate Professor Jo Wainer (AM), Associate Professor Damien Jolley, Professor Peteris Darzins and Dr Peter Higgs (2007-2011). Kei’s PhD research focuses on developing Bayesian geostatistical models to understand the role of neglected tropical diseases, malnutrition and malaria in the spatial variation of developmental morbidity indicators of children. Kei’s PhD supervisory team includes Dr Ricardo Soares Magalhaes and Dr Colleen Lau.

Mai Ly Luong Thi

Mai Ly is a PhD candidate in Environmental Health at The University of Queensland through the School of Medicine. Mai Ly has a background in Environmental Sciences. The focus of Mai Ly’s PhD research is on the link between environmental pollution and children's health to better understand the effect of air pollution on hospital admission for respiratory diseases in children under 5 years old in Hanoi, Vietnam. Mai Ly’s PhD supervisory team includes Professor Peter Sly, Professor Jochen Mueller and Dr. Thai Khanh Phong.

External Members

Professor Jochen Mueller


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Professor Jochen Muller joined Entox in 1997 where over the years he established a research focus on sources, fate and human exposure to persistent organic pollutants. He led various studies for Australia's National Dioxin Program and subsequent Brominated Flame Retardant Programs. His work on passive samplers and bioanalytical techniques has received support from ARC and many industry partners. He has commenced a sample archive with the aim to allow retrospective analysis of changes in pollutant exposure in Australia.

Dr Paul Jagals MPH, DTech


Dr Paul Jagals is the Environmental Health Specialist, The School of Population Health, The University of Queensland. Dr Jagals comes to CHEP with an extensive research consulting and teaching background in environmental health and leads the environment health training and research group at SPH. He holds a doctorate in Environmental Health and has experience in developed and developing country settings which has allowed him to become a leader in research on the relationship between human health and human as well as natural environments.

Dr James Scott MBBS, FRANZCP, PhD


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Dr Scott is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has extensive clinical and research experience in areas of child and adolescent mental health including depression, anxiety, aggression, self harm, developmental disorders and pharmacotherapy. He has a particular interest in the identification and prevention of the causes of mental illness. He has published his work in leading international journals and has won a number of awards for his research.

Dr Ricardo Soares Magalhães DVM, MSc, PhD, DiplECVPH

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Dr Ricardo Soares Magalhães is a Senior Lecturer in Population Health & Biosecurity, The School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland. Dr Soares Magalhães comes to CHEP with an extensive research experience in applying and developing epidemiological methods for a more rational implementation of control strategies for zoonotic infections. He holds qualifications in both veterinary and human public health and has experience in developed and developing country settings investigating the nexus between animal and human health. He has published extensively on the development of geographical models of infectious disease distribution, quantifying the role of spatial variation in socio-economic indicators, such as water, sanitation and hygiene in the spatial distribution of helminth infection of children and associated morbidity and on the role of poultry movement in the geographical spread of avian influenza in humans and animals.

Professor David Carpenter


David O. Carpenter serves as director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at UAlbany's School of Public Health. He previously served as director of the Wadsworth Laboratory of the New York State Department of Health. Carpenter was recently named to New York's Renewable Energy Task Force, charged with implementing plans to reduce electricity use through new energy efficiency programs in industry and government. Carpenter, who received his doctorate from Harvard Medical School, has 220 publications, 37 reviews and book chapters and 12 other publications to his credit.

Lesa L. Aylward BSc MSc PhD


Dr Aylward is an Honorary Associate Professor with a joint appointment between Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute and the National Research Center for Environmental Toxicology (Entox) and a Principal at Summit Toxicology, LLP.  Dr Aylward’s research interests include the development and application of toxicokinetic models and the use of biomonitoring for tracking exposure to chemicals in the environment, foods, and consumer products.  She has published extensively on the development of tools for the interpretation of biomonitoring data in a risk assessment context and the use of biomonitoring as an exposure assessment tool in epidemiological studies. 

Dr Kathleen M. McCarty

Dr. Kathleen M. McCarty is an environmental/molecular epidemiologist. She received her Doctor of Science degree (ScD) from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Upon completion of her graduate studies, Dr. McCarty conducted postdoctoral research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Department of Epidemiology, under the mentorship of Dr. Marilie D. Gammon. In 2006, Dr. McCarty joined the faculty of Yale with a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Medicine, Division of Environmental Health Sciences. As a tenure track assistant professor at Yale, Dr. McCarty continues to work with Dr. Gammon, investigating gene polymorphisms in oxidative stress pathways, PAH-DNA adducts, and breast cancer risk, in addition to building new research collaborations and relationships.  Dr McCarty is interested in studying traditional and genomic biomarkers to better understand variation in disease susceptibility. Dr. McCarty collaborates with Dr Peter Sly (Brisbane, Australia) as well as Dr Amalia Laborde in Montevideo, Uruguay to study environmental exposures and children’s health. 

Currently Dr. McCarty is an epidemiologist at Biogen Idec in Cambridge MA.