Air pollution

Reducing air pollution

Air pollution affects most people and kills seven million annually. We’re investigating how airborne particulates and gases affect organs, drive carcinogenesis, and sustain pathogens. These findings are informing air quality policies.

Focal areas

  • Cellular and systemic basis of the health effects of air pollution and other toxins
  • Novel roles of pollutant gases in modulating infection and immunity
  • Informing policies and strategies to reduce air pollution levels and exposures


Case study

Responding to long term and chronic challenges

Dr Stephanie Simonds is a physiologist using integrated techniques to understand how the body responds to air pollution. Air pollution and climate change are the biggest future risk to human health (WHO). Our research program is understanding how our bodies will respond to long term and chronic challenges and how diseases including metabolic and cardiovascular diseases are developing.

Key people