Staff

Elisabeth Janssen

Dr. Elisabeth Janssen

Senior Scientist / group leader

Department Environmental Chemistry

About Me

My research interests focus on the stability and fate processes of biomolecules and macromolecular pollutants in the aquatic environment. Coming from a traditional micropollutant background, I am now curious to investigate structurally larger molecules. I am fascinated by the functionality of biological compounds ranging from enzymes to toxins and their behavior in the environment. In particular, I aim to develop a better understanding of how structural changes of such macromolecules affect their functions (e.g., properties of toxicity, catalysis, inhibition). In my laboratory and field research, I am following molecular transformation and functional changes of bio-&-macromolecules in natural and engineered systems.

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Projects

Various aquatic organisms produce extracellular biomolecules, e.g., enzymes to catalyze reactions, chelators to transport metals, or toxins to fight competitors...
Our research on fate of pharmaceuticals is motivated by investigating transformation pathways and kinetics to better understand the lifetime of such biologically active compounds in our freshwater Systems...
Our research is part of an EU International Training Network (ITN) focusing on Natural Toxins and Drinking Water Quality: From Source to Tap (NaToxAq)

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Curriculum Vitae

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Address

E-Mail: elisabeth.janssen@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 5428
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: BU E21

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Research Group

Research Group Site

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Research Focus

Biomolecules, pollutants, toxins: transformation in aqueous environment, functional changes

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