Department Environmental Toxicology

Animal cells and organisms

Our research helps to protect aquatic ecosystems by understanding the effects that chemicals and other stressors have on aquatic animals.

In order to characterize interactions between chemicals and organisms, we study the uptake, biotransformation, elimination and distribution of chemicals in organisms or isolated cells. Further, we link concentrations of aquatic pollutants in organisms (internal exposure) to resulting biological effects. Here we are particularly interested in their relationship on different biological levels, from the genome to cells to organisms.

We apply our experimental data to advance models, such as cellular network models or mechanistic toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic models, in order to identify commonalities in biological responses to chemicals, test and develop hypotheses and quantify ecotoxicological effects. Both, the mechanistic understanding gained from our research as well as its representation in models are used to support the assessment of risks to the environment.

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Contact

Prof. Dr. Kristin Schirmer Head of department Tel. +41 58 765 5266 Send Mail

My team

Postdocs

Dr. William Dudefoi Postdoctoral Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 5480 Send Mail
Dr. Marco Franco Postdoctoral Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 5550 Send Mail
Dr. Miriam Diala El Ayoubi Postdoctoral Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 6698 Send Mail
Dr. Barbara Jozef Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 6693 Send Mail
Dr. Roman Li Tel. +41 58 765 6721 Send Mail
Dr. Marina Zoppo Postdoctoral Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 6477 Send Mail

PhD's & Master Students

Fabian Balk PhD Student Tel. +41 58 765 6478 Send Mail
Jenny Maner PhD Student Tel. +41 58 765 5576 Send Mail
Sven Mosimann PhD Student Tel. +41 58 765 5764 Send Mail

Technician / Scientific Staff

Severin Ammann Lab Technician Tel. +41 58 765 6407 Send Mail
Melanie Fischer Lab Technician Tel. +41 58 765 5233 Send Mail
Arianna Gessa Scientific Assistant Tel. +41 58 765 6798 Send Mail
Ursula Lindauer Lab Technician Tel. +41 58 765 5084 Send Mail
Nicole Okoniewski Lab Technician Tel. +41 58 765 5434 Send Mail