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.

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October 24, 2018

Yesterday, the Ecotox Centre Eawag-EPFL celebrated its tenth anniversary in the City Hall of Berne. Around 80 guests from politics, administration, science, and practice toasted the successful establishment of the Centre and the milestones achieved over the past 10 years. Read more

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

Latest publications

Schug, H.; Begnaud, F.; Debonneville, C.; Berthaud, F.; Gimeno, S.; Schirmer, K. (2018) TransFEr: a new device to measure the transfer of volatile and hydrophobic organic chemicals across an in vitro intestinal fish cell barrier, Analytical Methods, 10(36), 4394-4403, doi:10.1039/C8AY01253A, Institutional Repository
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


Young Scientist Best Oral Award 2018
Second best goes to Carolin Drieschner - "FISH and CHIPS: Development of a novel in vitro system of the fish intestine"

TransFEr: a new device to measure the transfer of volatile and hydrophobic organic chemicals across an in vitro intestinal fish cell barrier [abstract]