Farhad Salimi

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Farhad Salimi

Postdoctoral Fellow
Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Room 353-02 , Medical Science Building

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Doctor Farhad Salimi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania, Australia. He conducts research in the field of air pollution and its impact on human health, with a specific focus on airborne particulate matter. He received his PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and has been the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award. He also has a special interest in novel statistical approaches in air pollution exposure assessment.


Before joining the university of Tasmania, Farhad was a PhD student at the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) in the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT.  He has published more than 10 journal papers in leading international journals such as Environmental Science and Technology and Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Career summary


  • PhD, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, 2015. Characteristics of spatial variation, size distribution, new particle formation and growth of particles in urban environment
  • MEng, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran, 2009. Simultaneous control of spark timing and air to fuel ratio for the purpose of optimisation of emission and performance of spark ignition engines
  • BEng (Mechanical), Karaj Azad University, Iran, 2006

Languages (other than English)

  • Persian (Farsi)


Teaching expertise

  • 2011-2014 Sessional academic, Queensland University of Technology

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  • Air pollution
  • Aerosol science
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Exposure assessment

Research Themes

Farhad's research aligns to the University research themes of Better Health and Data, Knowledge and Decisions. His research interests include understanding the effects of airborne particulate matter originating from different sources particularly bushfire on human health. Farhad is currently involved in a large international multidisciplinary project in collaboration with researchers in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, British Columbia (Canada) and Gothenburg (Sweden).


Farhad is currently involved in an international project, which is aimed at understanding the health effects of bushfire smoke. This collaborative project involve partnership between several universities and partner agencies in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, British Columbia (Candana), and Gothenburg (Sweden).


  • May 2015, 2014 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, Executive Dean's Commendations

Current projects

  • Bushfires, smoke and people. ARC Linkage project

Fields of Research

  • Atmospheric aerosols (370103)
  • Pollution and contamination (410599)
  • Atmospheric dynamics (370105)
  • Ecosystem function (410203)
  • Forestry fire management (300706)
  • Epidemiology (420299)

Research Objectives

  • Public health (excl. specific population health) (200499)
  • Air quality (180101)
  • Atmospheric processes and dynamics (180103)
  • Clinical health (200199)


Total publications


Journal Article

(18 outputs)
2018Clifford S, Mazaheri M, Salimi F, Ezz WN, Yeganeh B, et al., 'Effects of exposure to ambient ultrafine particles on respiratory health and systemic inflammation in children', Environment International, 114 pp. 167-180. ISSN 0160-4120 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.02.019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 48Web of Science - 41


2018Edwards LJ, Williamson G, Williams SA, Veitch MGK, Salimi F, et al., 'Did fine particulate matter from the summer 2016 landscape fires in Tasmania increase emergency ambulance dispatches? a case crossover analysis', Fire, 1, (2) Article 26. ISSN 2571-6255 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/fire1020026 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4

Co-authors: Edwards LJ; Williamson G; Johnston FH


2018Johnston FH, Salimi F, Williamson GJ, Henderson S, Yao J, et al., 'Ambient particulate matter and paramedic assessments of acute diabetic, cardiovascular, and respiratory conditions', Epidemiology, 30, (1) pp. 11-19. ISSN 1044-3983 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000929 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Johnston FH; Williamson GJ


2018Salimi F, Morgan G, Rolfe M, Samoli E, Cowie CT, et al., 'Long-term exposure to low concentrations of air pollutants and hospitalisation for respiratory diseases: a prospective cohort study in Australia', Environment International, 121, (Pt 1) pp. 415-420. ISSN 0160-4120 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.08.050 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 23

Co-authors: Johnston FH


2017Salimi F, Henderson SB, Morgan GG, Jalaludin B, Johnston FH, 'Ambient particulate matter, landscape fire smoke, and emergency ambulance dispatches in Sydney, Australia', Environment International, 99 pp. 208-212. ISSN 0160-4120 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2016.11.018 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Johnston FH


2017Salimi F, Rahman MM, Clifford S, Ristovski Z, Morawska L, 'Nocturnal new particle formation events in urban environments', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17, (1) pp. 521-530. ISSN 1680-7316 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/acp-17-521-2017 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 17


2017Stevanovic S, Vaughan A, Hedayat F, Salimi F, Rahman MM, et al., 'Oxidative potential of gas phase combustion emissions - An underestimated and potentially harmful component of air pollution from combustion processes', Atmospheric Environment, 158 pp. 227-235. ISSN 1352-2310 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.03.041 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 17


2017Wang L, Xiang Z, Stevanovic S, Ristovski Z, Salimi F, et al., 'Role of Chinese cooking emissions on ambient air quality and human health', Science of the Total Environment, 589 pp. 173-181. ISSN 0048-9697 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.02.124 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 82Web of Science - 71


2016Faghihi EM, Martin D, Salimi F, Edwards G, He C, et al., 'What are the driving factors influencing the size distribution of airborne synthetic clay particles emitted from a jet milling process?', Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 16, (1) pp. 25-35. ISSN 1680-8584 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2015.03.0170 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2016He C, Miljevic B, Crilley LR, Surawski NC, Bartsch J, et al., 'Characterisation of the impact of open biomass burning on urban air quality in Brisbane, Australia', Environment International, 91 pp. 230-242. ISSN 0160-4120 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2016.02.030 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 19


2016Villa TF, Salimi F, Morton K, Morawska L, Gonzalez F, 'Development and validation of a UAV based system for air pollution measurements', Sensors, 16, (12) Article 2202. ISSN 1424-8220 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/s16122202 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 85Web of Science - 67


2015Brines M, Dall'Osto M, Beddows DCS, Harrison RM, Gomez-Moreno F, et al., 'Traffic and nucleation events as main sources of ultrafine particles in high-insolation developed world cities', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15 pp. 5929-5945. ISSN 1680-7316 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-5929-2015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 110Web of Science - 105


2014Laiman R, He C, Mazaheri M, Clifford S, Salimi F, et al., 'Characteristics of ultrafine particle sources and deposition rates in primary school classrooms', Atmospheric Environment, 94 pp. 28-35. ISSN 1352-2310 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.05.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30Web of Science - 28


2014Pourkhesalian AM, Stevanovic S, Salimi F, Rahman MM, Wang H, et al., 'Influence of Fuel Molecular Structure on the Volatility and Oxidative Potential of Biodiesel Particulate Matter', Environmental Science and Technology (Washington), 48, (21) pp. 12577-12585. ISSN 0013-936X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/es503160m [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 22


2014Salimi F, Crilley LR, Stevanovic S, Ristovski Z, Mazaheri M, et al., 'Insights into the growth of newly formed particles in a subtropical urban environment', Atmoshpheric chemistry and physics, 15 pp. 13475-13485. ISSN 1680-7316 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-13475-2015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2014Salimi F, Ristovski Z, Mazaheri M, Laiman R, Crilley LR, et al., 'Assessment and application of clustering techniques to atmospheric particle number size distribution for the purpose of source apportionment', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14 pp. 11883-11892. ISSN 1680-7316 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/acp-14-11883-2014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 24


2013Crilly LR, Ayoko GA, Jayaratne ER, Salimi F, Morawska L, 'Aerosol mass spectrometric analysis of the chemical composition of non-refractory PM1 samples from school environments in Brisbane, Australia', Science of The Total Environment, 458-460 pp. 81-89. ISSN 0048-9697 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.04.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11


2013Salimi F, Mazaheri M, Clifford S, Crilley LR, Laiman R, et al., 'Spatial Variation of Particle Number Concentration in School Microscale Environments and Its Impact on Exposure Assessment', Environmental Science & Technology, 47, (10) pp. 5251-5258. ISSN 0013-936X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/es400041r [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30Web of Science - 29


Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
2017Zhao B, Salimi F, Johnston F, Oshima K, Kurabayashi M, et al., 'Abstract 16338: A Case-Crossover Study of Short Term Effects of Air Pollutants on Stroke in Gunma, Japan', Circulation, pp. A16338, Vol 134, Suppl 1. ISSN 0009-7322 (2017) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Johnston F; Negishi K

2017Zhao B, Salimi F, Johnston F, Oshima K, Kurabayashi M, et al., 'Abstract 16275: Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest and Short-Term Exposure to Air Pollutants: A Case-Crossover Study', Circulation, pp. A16275, Vol 134, Suppl1. ISSN 0009-7322 (2017) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Johnston F; Negishi K

2017Zhao B, Salimi F, Johnston J, Oshima K, Kurabayashi M, et al., 'Abstract 16370: Short Term Effects of Photochemical Oxidant on Heart Failure: A Case-Crossover Study', Circulation, Circulation, pp. A16370-A16370, Vol 134, Suppl 1. ISSN 0009-7322 (2017) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Johnston J; Negishi K

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



A feasibility study of indoor air cleaners as a public health response to fire smoke pollution in Indonesia (2019 - 2020)$20,000
This project will evaluate the effectiveness of low-cost portable air cleaners at reducing indoor particulate matter concentrations resulting from Landscape Fire Smoke events in school classrooms. We will be one of the first studies to investigate the suitability of conducting cognitive health testing during an intervention to reduce indoor air pollutants. This will provide essential information for the team to understand any potential challenges or impediments for a broader application of the health testing in future grants.
Centre for Air Quality and Health Research Evaluation ($20,000)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wheeler A; Johnston F; Morgan GG; Wecker R; Cerin E; Wilson S; Siregar M; Reisen F; Salimi F
2019 - 2020