Frank Kelly - Curriculum Vitae#

  • Battcock Chair of Community Health and Policy, Imperial College London 2020 - date
  • Director, Environmental Research Group 2001 - date
  • Deputy Director, MRC Centre for Environment & Health 2009 – date
  • Director, NIHR Environmental Exposures and Health, Health Protection Research Unit 2020 - date

  • B.Sc.(Hons) Physiology, Queens University, Belfast, 1979
  • PhD Physiology, Queens University, Belfast, 1982

  • Society for Free Radical Research-Europe (President) 2002 - 2004
  • British Association for Lung Research (Chairman) 1997 - 2001
  • WHO Air Pollution Advisory Board on PM, O3 and NO2 2002 - 2014
  • Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards (DEFRA) 2003 - 2009
  • US Environmental Protection Agency consultant 2004 - 2010
  • Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (Chair since 2011) 2009 – date
  • Health Effects Institute Review Committee 2017 – date
  • Steering Committee for the ‘Clean Air’ SPF programme 2020 - date


Prof Kelly has over 30 years experience in health research. Initially as a New Blood lecturer at the University of Southampton, then as a Reader/Professor and Head of Lung Biology in the Rayne Institute at St Thomas’ Hospital, London before taking up the chair in Environmental Health at King’s College London and becoming Director of the Environmental Research Group. Prof Kelly has published 360 peer-reviewed papers (H index 85) on the toxicology and health effects of a range of air pollutants including ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particulate pollution and more recently microplastics.

In addition to his academic work Professor Kelly provides policy support advice to a number of expert bodies. He has advised the World Health Organisation Air Pollution Advisory Board on PM10, O3 and NO2 and participated in the WHO air quality guideline global update (2005), indoor AQ guidelines (2009) and air quality and health review (2013). He served as a member of EPAQS – the UK Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards. He was a panel member on the HEI’s Critical Review of Health Effects of Traffic-Related Air Pollution. He has been chairman of the UK’s Committee on Medical Effects of Air Pollution (COMEAP) since 2011.

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