Department Environmental Toxicology

How do aquatic organisms respond to stress?

We investigate how freshwater organisms respond to chemical exposure and other stressors in their environment. In particular, we explore adaptive and toxicological response pathways and develop conceptual and computational models to support knowledge-based risk assessment.

Read more


Failed to load

August 28, 2018

When water samples are analysed with a mass spectrometer, peaks of compounds appear that are completely unknown, or that weren’t being looked for. If these compounds prove subsequently to be of interest to environmental researchers, evidence of their presence can be retrieved from the archived measurements.  Read more

August 9, 2018

The development of novel, less costly analytical methods is of crucial importance in addressing the issue of micropollutants in surface waters. This was one of the main goals of EDA-EMERGE, an EU-funded programme in which Eawag also participated. Read more

**N E W S**

"Characterization of Aquatic Biofilms with Flow Cytometry"

Editor's Highlight - zebrafish and drug discovery

 Alena Tierbach's manuscript on the expression of glutatione S-transferases in developing zebrafish embryos and adult fish has been selected as Highlight by the editor of Toxicological Sciences.

Congratulations Alena!

Link to the Highlight

Latest publications

Stadnicka-Michalak, J.; Weiss, F. T.; Fischer, M.; Tanneberger, K.; Schirmer, K. (2018) Biotransformation of benzo [a] pyrene by three rainbow trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss) cell lines and extrapolation to derive a fish bioconcentration factor, Environmental Science and Technology, 52(5), 3091-3100, doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b04548, Institutional Repository
Kosak née Röhder, L. A.; Brandt, T.; Sigg, L.; Behra, R. (2018) Uptake and effects of cerium(III) and cerium oxide nanoparticles to Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Aquatic Toxicology, 197, 41-46, doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2018.02.004, Institutional Repository
Tierbach, A.; Groh, K. J.; Schönenberger, R.; Schirmer, K.; Suter, M. J. -F. (2018) Glutathione S-transferase protein expression in different life stages of zebrafish (Danio rerio), Toxicological Sciences, 162(2), 702-712, doi:10.1093/toxsci/kfx293, Institutional Repository
Zupanic, A.; Pillai, S.; Coman Schmid, D.; Schirmer, K. (2018) Green algae and networks for adverse outcome pathways, In: Garcia-Reyero, N.; Murphy, C. (Eds.), A systems biology approach to advancing adverse outcome pathways for risk assessment, 133-148, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-66084-4_7, Institutional Repository
Sambalova, O.; Thorwarth, K.; Heeb, N. V.; Bleiner, D.; Zhang, Y.; Borgschulte, A.; Kroll, A. (2018) Carboxylate functional groups mediate interaction with silver nanoparticles in biofilm matrix, ACS Omega, 3(1), 724-733, doi:10.1021/acsomega.7b00982, Institutional Repository