Position

PhD Candidate

Contact Details

Phone: +61 (0)429 547 155
Fax: +61 (0)7 3274 9003
Postal:
Entox
39 Kessels Road
Coopers Plains, QLD 4108
Australia
Email: s.prakash@uq.edu.au

Background

Shiva Prakash is a PhD student with the University of Queensland and CRC CARE. Originally from New Zealand, he completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science majoring in the Molecular Basis of Health and Disease at the University of Otago, before migrating to Australia where he completed his Honours year at Monash University in the Nuclear Signalling Laboratory. His current research interests centre around using cell lines and cell biology techniques to ascertain the respiratory toxicity of primary industry by-products at the National Centre for Environmental Toxicology.

Selected Research Projects

Project Title: Toxicological studies of inhalable iron rich particles with and without adsorbed chemical species relevant to mining industry health and safety. Funded by CRC CARE.

Project brief: The iron ore and petroleum industries are of vital economic importance to the growth and prosperity of Australia. However, there are questions that must be answered regarding the toxicity of the emissions from these two industries, and furthermore the combined toxicity if by-product plumes from these industries interact. If interactions between volatile organic compounds and iron rich particle dust lead to the adsorption or production of toxic species, this could undermine the health and viability of mining communities.

This project fits in as the toxicological component of a larger project investigating these risks from a number of physical, chemical and biological angles. The data gathered from this project will allow the determination of the time of exposure to the levels of dust particles found in real mining environments to cause toxicity, allowing strategies to be devised to minimise short term and long term risks to workers and communities.

Current Supervisors