Meet the Team

Ryan Mead-Hunter
Dr Ryan Mead-Hunter
Dr Ryan Mead-Hunter is a senior lecturer in the Occupation, Environment and Safety discipline group in the School of Population Health at Curtin University. His research interests include air quality, aerosol science, toxicology, and filtration technology. He has been involved in the measurement of a wide range of occupational and environmental aerosols, as well as common airborne pollutants, and their effects on health.

Ivan Hanigan
Dr Ivan Hanigan
Dr Ivan Hanigan moved from The University of Sydney to Curtin in January this year to take up the position of Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Impact Assessment (htttps:// and Senior Lecturer in Climate Change and Health. His background is Environmental Epidemiology with experience across a wide range of environmental health issues, particularly Climate Change and Health research. Ivan trained as a data scientist and human ecologist at the Australian National University National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH). Prior to completing his PhD at ANU in 2016 Ivan was the lead data scientist with the McMichael Climate Change and Health program at NCEPH since 2002. Ivan is leading the re-designation of the WHO Collaborating Centre and teaches units on Climate Change and Health, Big Data, and HIA methods at Curtin School of Population Health. Ivan is the principal investigator on the ARDC-funded AirHealthData Research-to-Policy Bridges project. He collaborates with an international network of colleagues on the Atmospheric Environment and health, including Droughts and Bushfires. He is the co-lead of the Data and Decision Support Systems theme of the NHMRC HEAL (Healthy Environments And Lives) National Research Network, and Convenor of the Institute of Australian Geographers Health Geography Study Group.

Dr Edwin R. Lampugnani
Edwin Lampugnani completed his PhD at Monash University (Australia) in the field of developmental plant genetics and is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. Edwin's expertise lies in cell and molecular biology however, he is also interested in how citizen science can contribute to research outcomes. Edwin has been a part of Australia's Pollen Forecast Service since 2011 and has played a central role in developing the infrastructure utilised by the team. Edwin is using citizen science to better understand how changes in environmental factors, including airborne pollen levels, affect peoples’ hay fever and asthma symptoms.

Fay Johnston
Professor Johnston is an environmental health researcher from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and is a specialist medical advisor for Public Health Services in the Tasmanian Department of Health.

Usha Nattala
Usha Nattala
Usha is a software developer with over a decade of experience across multiple technology stacks. She did her Masters of Computing (Computer Science) from the National University of Singapore and then worked internationally across a range of industries in cutting-edge (sometimes bleeding-edge) one-of-their-kind projects. Specializing in application development, data science, data modelling and visualization, and math-intensive programming, she quite enjoys the process of bringing to life the ideas of the best and brightest minds of our generation. Usha works at the Melbourne Data Analytics Platform.