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Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS)

Aerial view of water treatment plant

The University of Queensland

Formerly known as National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology.

QAEHS is multidisciplinary research centre with expertise in environmental health toxicology, microbiology and epidemiology. Our research includes: environmental aspects of toxicology, human health epidemiology, microbiology, health risk assessment, health risk communication, identification and analysis of emerging environmental health risks, and state-of-the art monitoring and analytical techniques, methodologies and technologies for environmental hazards and exposures.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • catchment and drinking water micro pollutants
  • potential human health risks and impacts from CSG
  • measurement and monitoring of drug metabolites in wastewater
  • monitor and assess pesticides/herbicides concentrations in inshore water quality
  • fate and persistence of fluoro-surfactants and hydrocarbons
  • electro-immuno-detection of Legionella pneumophila
  • detection of antibiotic resistance genes
  • understanding bacterial-nanoparticle interactions
  • understanding of the epidemiology of cryptosporidiosis

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


39 Kessels Road, Coopers Plains, Qld 4108

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre
  • Queensland Government – Partner

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Last updated:
3 June 2019