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Our people-our expertise: Dr Tatiana Komarova

Our people-our expertise

Dr Tatiana Komarova

Qualifications | Research interests | Publications | Presentations | Memberships

Tatiana has over 25 years experience in analytical, inorganic and environmental chemistry analysing water, soil, sediment and biological samples using different analytical methods: ion chromatography (IC), atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometry (ICP-OES, ICP-MS), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Flow-Injection Analysis (FLA).

During her post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Queensland Chemistry Department, she participated in teaching and laboratory supervision of students. Her post-doctoral research project won a prize from the Jury of the International Congress on Analytical Chemistry in 1997.

While working at the University of Queensland, she was in charge of the Anthropogenic Pollution Laboratory and had participated in a number of research consultancy projects related to the application and development of passive sampling techniques for monitoring organic pollutants in the environment.

Tatiana has co-supervised over 10 research, Diploma and PhD projects, and delivered training to PhD students. She has published over 60 articles. She is currently supervising the following projects:

  • Application of ICP-MS for the analysis of nanoparticles in environmental and food samples.
  • Analysis of trace and rare earth elements in human blood for establishment of reference range in Queensland using ICP-MS techniques.
  • Evaluation of rare earth and heavy metals transfer along the Burdekin River.
  • Assessment of maternal-infant status of essential trace elements in lactating mothers and their pre-term infants.
  • Development and application of new methods using Agilent Triple Quadrupole mICP-MS (ICP-QQ).
  • Development and application of new ICP-MS methods using Agilent 8800 ICP-QQQ.

She has worked at Forensic and Scientific Services since 2009 and was a principle researcher on a project aimed at development and application of the Diffusive Gradients in Thin films (DGT) technique for the measurement of dissolved metals in water.  This project was a finalist in the 2011 Premier's Award for Excellence in Public Service Delivery, and initiated research cooperation with the University of Queensland, University of NSW, Kazan Federal University, St. Petersburg State Hydrological Institute (Russia), and Khon Kaen University (Thailand).

She works in cooperation with Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences and Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation of the University of Queensland, School of Medical Science of the Griffith University, University of Girona and the Department of Environmental Chemistry of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research of Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Tatiana is Honorary Fellow with the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences, University of Queensland, and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Medical Science, Griffith University.

Qualifications

  • Master of Science (Chemistry). Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia.
  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry: Ion chromatographic determination of EDTA complexes of some III-V group elements of the Periodic System. Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia.
  • Post-doctoral research course. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld.
  • Dual Diploma of Management and Human Resource Management. TAFE Queensland.
  • Diploma of Business. TAFE Queensland.
  • NATA signatory in Standard Water Analysis.
  • AQIS Quarantine accreditation.
  • State Analyst under the Health Act 1937 and the Public Health Act 2005 since September 2017.

Research interests and expertise

  • Application of ICP-MS for the analysis of nanoparticles in environmental and food samples.
  • Development of new ICPMS methods using Triple Quadrupole ICP-MS (ICP-QQQ).
  • Enhancement and consolidation of DGT application for monitoring low levels of dissolved metals in water and sediments.

Publications

Tanvir EM, Komarova T, Comino E, Sumner R, Whitfield KM, Shaw PN, (2021). Effects of storage conditions on the stability and distribution of clinical trace elements in whole blood and plasma: Application of ICP-MS. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2021.126804

Komarova T, McKeating D, Perkins AV, Tinggi U, (2021). Trace Element Analysis in Whole Blood and Plasma for Reference Levels in a Selected Queensland Population, Australia. International Journal  of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18052652

Turulla M, Komarova T, Noller B, Fontas C, Diez S (2018) Evaluation of mercury in a freshwater environment impacted by an organomercury fungicide using diffusive gradient in thin films. Science of the Total Environment, 621: 1475-1484. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.081

Komarova T, Boonthai Iwai C, Somparn A, Tokhun N, Mueller J, Kennedy I, Noller B (2015) Pesticide distribution in the Namphong river NE Thailand arising from land use and other practices. International Journal of Environmental and Rural Development, 6(1):175-180.

Komarova T, Boonthai Iwai C, Somparn A, Tokhun N, Noller B (2014) Metals and nutrient seasonal variations in the Namphong river NE Thailand and land use practices. international Journal of Environmental and Rural Development, 5(2): 57-62.

Komarova T,  Boonthai Iwai C, Somparn A., Tokhun N, Noller B (2013) Passive sampling approach to identify contaminants in a tropical freshwater river system. International Journal of Environmental and Rural Development, 4(2): 154-159.

Komarova T, Olszowy H, Noller B, Golding G (2012) The diffusive gradients in thin films technique (DGT) for trace metals versus active sampling. International Journal of Environmental and Rural Development, 3(2): 169-174.

Komarova T (2012) Semi-permeable membrane devices to assess concentration of hydrophobic organic compounds. Water: Chemistry and Ecology, 47(5): 40-54. URL: http://watchemec.ru/en/article/24623/

Komarova T (2012) Passive sampling in water analysis. Water: Chemistry and Ecology. 46(4): 39-54. URL: http://watchemec.ru/en/article/24553/

Komarova T, Iwai, C, Somparn C, Mueller J, Noller B (2012) Implementation of different techniques to monitor pesticides in irrigation water. Water: Chemistry and Ecology. 1: 38-48.

O'Brien D, Komarova T, Mueller JF (2012) Determination of deployment specific chemical uptake rates for SPMD and PDMS using a passive flow monitor. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 64(5): 1005-11. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.02.004

Mueller JF, Mortimer MR, O'Brien J, Komarova T, Carter S (2011) A cleaner river: long term use of semipermeable membrane devices demonstrate that concentrations of selected organochlorines and PAHs in the Brisbane River estuary, Queensland have reduced substantially over the past decade. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 63(5-12): 73-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.03.026

Komarova T, Boonthai Iwai C, Sudzhira H, Sompan A, Alimova F, Mueller J, Noller B, Shishkina EA (2011) Impact of pesticides on biological parameters of hydrosphere. Water: Chemistry and Ecology. 42(12): 18-22. URL: http://watchemec.ru/en/article/24321/

Presentations

July 2019: Direct simultaneous analysis of trace metals in water, sea water, foods and soil digests using Agilent 8800 ICP-QQQ, with Sumner R, Fryer, F. In: GEOTROP 2019, Gold Coast, Qld.

Oct 2016: Identification of metal contaminants from multiple agro-based activities in the Tully River catchment, with Farrell M, Cross M, Sumner R, Hooper A, Harper D, Locastro T. In: SETAC-AU, Hobart, Tas.

Dec 2015: Environmental and health issues of extensive herbicide and pesticide application from multiple agrobased activities in a tropical freshwater river system of Thailand, with Noller B, Boonthai Iwai C, Somparn A, Tokhun N, Mueller J, Kennedy I. In: International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Jan 2014: Metals and nutrient seasonal variations in the Namphong River, NE Thailand, and land use practices. In: 5th International Conference on Environmental and Rural Development, Pathum Thani, Thailand.

Jan 2013: Passive sampling approach to identify contaminants in a tropical freshwater river systems. In: 4th International Conference on Environmental and Rural Development, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Jul 2012: Use of an integrated passive sampling approach to identify contaminants from multiple agro-based activities in a tropical freshwater river system. In: 2nd SETAC Australasia Conference, Brisbane, Qld.

Memberships


Dr Tatiana Komarova
Scientist, Inorganic Chemistry
Public and Environmental Health
email: Tatiana.Komarova@health.qld.gov.au
phone: +61 7 3096 2804