Prof Catherine Noakes OBE, FREng, FIMechE, FIHEEM, FISIAQ, HonFCIBSE

Deputy Director Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics

University of Leeds


Cath is a chartered mechanical engineer, with a background in fluid dynamics. She leads research into ventilation, indoor air quality and infection control in the built environment using experimental and modelling-based studies. She is co-director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics and Deputy Director of the Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics. From April 2020-2022 she co-chaired the Environment and Modelling sub-group of the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) focusing on the science underpinning environmental transmission of COVID-19. She has also contributed to multiple working groups focusing on respiratory transmission including for WHO, the NHS, the UK and Scottish Governments, various professional bodies and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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