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.


Prof. Dr. Kristin SchirmerHead of departmentTel. +41 58 765 5266Send Mail

My team


Dr. Michael Burkard Postdoctoral Researcher Tel. +41 58 765 5622 Send Mail
Dr. Carolin Drieschner Postdoctoral Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 5072 Send Mail
Dr. Stephanie Merbt Research Scientist Tel. --- Send Mail
Dr. Marina Zoppo Postdoctoral Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 6477 Send Mail
Dr. Louis Carles Postdoctoral Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 5449 Send Mail
Dr. Barbara Jozef Postdoctoral Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 6693 Send Mail
Dr. Miriam Diala El Ayoubi Postdoctoral Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 6698 Send Mail
Dr. Julita Stadnicka Postdoctoral Scientist Tel. +41 58 765 5533 Send Mail
Dr. Roman Li Tel. +41 58 765 6658 Send Mail

Technician / Scientific Staff

Melanie Fischer Lab Technician Tel. +41 58 765 5233 Send Mail
Jenny Maner PhD Student Tel. +41 58 765 5576 Send Mail