Personal details

Name
Dr Leisa-Maree Toms
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School of Public Health & Social Work
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Environmental Science and Management, Public Health and Health Services
Phone
+61 7 3138 5791
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland)

Keywords

human blood serum, human breast milk, perfluorinated compounds, persistent organic pollutants, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, biomonitoring, maternal and childhood exposure

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Leisa-Maree Toms is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, QUT and Academic Lead for Research.

She has 12 years of research experience within the field of Environmental Toxicology and Biomonitoring and has taught at The University of Queensland and QUT in the areas of population health, environmental toxicology and risk assessment.

Dr Toms’ primary research focus is on monitoring persistent organic environmental pollutants in the Australian population. She has published over 70 scholarly papers and book chapters and has received over three quarters of a million dollars worth of funding since 2010, including an ARC DECRA and ARC LIEF.

This information has been contributed by Dr Leisa-Maree Toms.

Teaching

Teaching Success PUN016 “Risk Assessment” (postgraduate) PUN466 “Communicable diseases” (postgraduate) PUB332 “Sustainable environments for health” (undergraduate) HLN703 “Project” supervisor

This information has been contributed by Dr Leisa-Maree Toms.

Experience

Professional development

Higher Education Academy (HEA) – Fellow (2016)

Academic Development: AD1 Introduction to teaching and learning at QUT, AD2 Strategies for student success and AD3 Assessment, feedback and marking (Semester 1, 2014).

Grants & Awards

External

• ARC Discovery 2018 “Exposure mapping – combining wastewater analysis with human biomonitoring.” $505K through UQ. Mueller, Thomas, Toms, Hobson

• The Financial Markets Foundation for Children; $60000: 2014 – 2015 Harden, Toms

“Childhood exposure to environmental pollutants in Australia”

• QUT/QCMRI; $25000: 2014 Toms, Harden, Sly, Callaway, Dekker, Bartlett, Maher, English, Mueller “Partitioning of persistent organic pollutants in placenta, cord blood, maternal blood and breast milk”

• ARC DECRA; $375 000: 2012 – 2015 Toms “Accumulation and half-lives of brominated flame retardants”

• ARC LIEF; $249 000: 2014 Mueller; Gaus; Sly; Hall; Keller; Hawker; Toms; Harden; Lewis; Kirkbride; Prichard; Bruno; Birch; Negri; Carter; Ponsonby; Martin; Zitny. “Microflow ultra high pressure liquid chromatograph – high resolution mass spectrometer for chemical exposure monitoring” (UQ)

• Airservices Australia; $20 000 + 0.47 per recruit: 2013-2014 Mueller, Toms, Aylward, Kay “PFC body burden and associated health in firefighters. (UQ)

• Australian Department of the Environment; $400 000: 2013 – 2014 Mueller, Toms “Organic Pollutants in Human Media” (UQ)

• QUT VC fellowship; $20 000: 2010-2012 Toms “Accumulation and half-lives of brominated flame retardants”

Internal

• Toms, Thai, IHBI $8000 2016 “Investigating chemical exposure in pooled urine samples from South East Queensland.”

• Toms, IHBI ECR $10 000 2012 – 2014 “Assessment of occupational exposure to environmental pollutants”

Previous funding

• Australian Department of the Environment; $85 000: 2009 Mueller, Toms “Chemical Monitoring in the Australian population”

• Australian Department of the Environment; $10 000: 2009 Mueller, Toms “World Health Organisation Assessment of human breast milk”

• National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS); $88 000: 2006 Harden, Toms, Mueller “Assessing triclosan in the Australian population”

• Australian Department of the Environment; $322 000: 2005 Mueller, Toms, Harden, Gaus, Mortimer, Bartkow, Moore “Investigating BFRs in Australian aquatic sediment ($85K), indoor environments ($70K) and the population ($167K)”

 

 

This information has been contributed by Dr Leisa-Maree Toms.

Publications


Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Childhood exposure to environmental pollutants in Australia - an investigation of sources and effects for informing legislation
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
2014-167
Start year
2014
Keywords
Children's Health;Environmental Pollutants
Title
Accumulation and Half-lives of Brominated Flame Retardants
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DE120100161
Start year
2012
Keywords
Brominated Flame Retardants;Pbde Half-Lives;Environmental Monitoring