Project Team

TAPHIA Project Team 

  • Prof Cherrie is Professor of Human Health at Heriot Watt University and Principal Scientist at the IOM. He has extensive experience working on international multicentre collaborative projects. He is a Stream Leader in the large EU Framework research project HEALS: Health and Environment-wide Associations based on Large population Surveys, which is developing methods to characterize the exposome for use in epidemiological studies. He has considerable experience in leading research on environmental and occupational epidemiology, particularly studies involving detailed exposure assessment. He also has  expertise in assessing the effectiveness of environmental control technologies and personal protective equipment. He is a Co-I on the NERC/MRC-funded APIC-ESTEE study looking at air pollution impacts in cardiopulmonary disease in Beijing and has recently been PI on a health impact assessment study of construction workers in Singapore (funded by the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Institute).


  • Prof. Kraichat Tantrakarnapa from MAHIDOL University, Thailand is a lecturer in Social and Environmental Medicine, in the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University. Prof Tantrakarnapa is the Thai PI. He specializes in environmental health management, environmental health impact assessment and environmental modelling. He has more than 10 years of experience in Environmental Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) and the application of environmental modelling for environmental management in Thailand and neighbouring countries. He has experience in the investigation of environmental health/sanitation among migrants who are living in in different areas of Thailand, particularly along the border between Thailand and its neighbours, chemicals usage and health risk among farmers in some provinces of Thailand funded by WHO, health risk from reused/recycled water funded by JICA, GHG (Green House Gas) inventory from Industrial Process sectors in Thailand supported by ONEP (Office of Natural Resources, Policy and Planning) Thailand and UNDP, Environmental Health Indicator associated with the climate change and GREEN community supported by Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health, Transforming of Climate Change Master Plan to local implementation supported by ONEP and GIZ, and others.


  • Fintan Hurley is an epidemiologist with a background in statistics and is IOM’s Scientific Director and an Honorary Professor 2012-15 at Heriot Watt University nearby. He is an internationally recognised expert, with >25 years’ experience, in HIA of environmental policies, especially involving outdoor air pollution. He led the development of HIA methodology in the long-term ExternE programme of the European Commission DG Research (1991-2005, approx.), also in the HIA and associated cost-benefit analysis of the EC’s flagship Clean Air for Europe (CAFE) Programme in (2005-6), and in many other projects. He has served for over 20 years as part of the UK Advisory Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP), including as Chair 2005-2105 of its quantification subgroup, QUARK; and he is, from time to time, a member of various Working Groups on health effects and/or HIA of air pollution for WHO, US EPA, EC and other international


  • Dr Helinor Johnston is a Lecturer of Toxicology at Heriot-Watt University and specialises in investigating particle toxicity using different models e.g. mammalian cells (at various target sites such as the. immune system, lung, liver, gut, skin), bacteria, rodents, environmental organisms (e.g. worms, daphnia, algae). She has >10 years experience in toxicology, involving positions in academia, industry and Government (scientific advisor at DEFRA). Her expertise is evidenced by >35 peer reviewed publications, regular invitations to speak at national and international conferences, evaluation of grant applications for national and international funding bodies, and a growing track record of receiving funding (e.g. NC3Rs project grant).


  • Dr Miranda Loh is a Senior Scientist at IOM and an expert in multi-media exposure measurement and modelling methods. She leads several research studies using environmental and biomarker measurements. For the European Commission-funded HEALS project, she is developing a multi-stressor personal exposure assessment system to measure a suite of exposures in both children and adults with Cherrie. She is the UK PI for the APIC-ESTEE project funded by the NERC-MRC-NSFC Air Pollution and Human Health Programme in Beijing.


  • Prof. Kanchana Nakhapakorn is a lecturer in the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University and specialises in geo-information technology. Her main research interest is in resources and environmental management and application of modelling in geo-information technology such as coastal vulnerability assessment, spatial epidemiology analysis, climate change and health impacts. Her current work concerns spatial epidemiology analysis and interventions: “Novel Strategy for Controlling Dengue In and Around Dengue Hotspot” for local government sectors supported by DENFREE consortium, and Above Ground Biomass Estimation using geo-information technology and Lidar with the ESRI Thailand collaboration. The relationships of environmental variability and pathogens in the North Eastern Provinces of Thailand with Khon Kaen University collaboration.


  • Dr Narut Sahanavin is a lecturer of Environmental Health of Srinakharintrawiroj University and specializes in measurement of air quality and other environmental aspects. He has >6 years in teaching and undertaking research on air quality and related issues. He also has experience in pathway analysis to determine the influencing factors of air quality in Bangkok Metropolitan area. He also has experience in air quality sampling in many areas of Thailand, both indoors and outdoors, for conducting the post monitoring report of approved EHIA projects.


  • Dr Ratthapol Sillaparassamee is a lecturer in the Faculty of Public Health of Nakornrachasrima College, Bangkok Branch, and specializes in air dispersion modelling. He has experience in land use modelling and air quality in Bangkok. The application of the model can be used for policy making by means of scenarios analysis. He has experience in using system dynamic for air quality management. He also has experience in teaching and air quality dispersion modelling in EHIA in Thailand for more than 8 years.


  • Prof Vicki Stone is a Professor of Toxicology at Heriot-Watt University and specialises in the assessment of particle toxicity to human health and the environment. She has experience of the use of a variety of in vitro and in vivo models to assess the hazard of particles of varied physico-chemical properties. She has >150 publications in the area of particle toxicology, and was recently recognised by Thomson Reuters as one of the top 1% of all researchers in the world for the most cited publications in the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology. This year she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), receiving the RSC Award for Toxicology (2015-16). She has secured >€4.5 million of funding for toxicology research (from EC, industry, UK Government, and charities) and has been a scientific expert for many organisations including the OECD. Vicki was previously the editor of the journal Nanotoxicology.

  • Prof Sotiris Vardoulakis is inaugural Professor of Global Environmental Health at the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, which he joined in September 2019. Before this, he was Director of Research and Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Occupational Health at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh, UK. His main research interests include climate change, air pollution and health, sustainable cities, exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, and public health communication and policy. He is Specialty Chief Editor (Health and Cities) for Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Sotiris frequently comments in the media and tweets @SotirisVard.