CAR PhD Top-up Students

CAR Successful PhD Top-up Students

Gayan Bowatte

Gayan Bowatte

My doctoral work focuses on the impact of exposure to traffic related air pollution (TRAP) and allergy and respiratory outcomes. I am conducting this work within the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS). Using TAHS data collected from 1968 to 2006 for a cohort of 8,500 participants. I will investigate both short term and long term effects of TRAP on respiratory and allergy symptoms, and lung function. I will also investigate the effect modifiers of these associations with a view to identifying high-risk groups for targeted interventions.

Wafaa Nabil Ezz

Wafaa Nabil Ezz

Wafaa Nabil Ezz is part of in the respiratory and environmental epidemiology group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. She has worked on several research studies since joining in 2006. Some of the studies include AQRHS, HUGHS, CAPS, ACHAPS, and UPTECH. She is mainly interested in air pollution and children’s health. She is currently conducting her PhD research that is focusing on two of the studies; the Health and Unflued Gas Heaters Study (HUGHS) and the Ultrafine Particles from Traffic Pollution and Children’s health Study (UPTECH).

Rachel Tham

Rachel Tham

Asthma is a significant public health problem worldwide and is a major cause of hospital admissions in children. Environmental factors such as air pollutants and aeroallergens play a major part in triggering asthma attacks but how they interact is unknown. My PhD research aims to investigate the role of outdoor fungal spores on children with asthma and whether air pollutants modify these associations. This study will contribute to better understanding of the importance of environmental factors in triggering asthma attacks in children and the findings may be directly translated into clinical and public health practice.