Environmental Health

The Environmental Health research group focuses on the assessment of effects of exposure to pollutants and the development of tools for hazard assessment. This includes also the distribution of pollutants in the environment and particularly on airborne pollutants.

Pollution is a ubiquitous phenomenon involving many different exposure routes and therefore our expertise and projects are covering in vitro models for human safety and eco-toxicology. The group considers relevant exposure routes (e.g. the respiratory and oral routes) and invertebrate aquatic model organisms in a holistic approach.

MAIN COMPETENCES

The main expertise fields are the following:

  • Measurement of air quality (outdoor, indoor).
  • Development of complex 3D in vitro models for hazard assessment.
  • Establishment of relevant endpoints in such in vitro models.
  • Establishment of novel aquatic invertebrate models.
  • Studying the interaction of particulate materials (particulate matter, nanomaterials) with biological molecules

The research team supports industries to apply the assays in an industrial setting and scale these assays to the industrial standard formats.

MAIN ASSETS

The Environmental Health research group has the following assets:

  • 3D model for respiratory irritation.
  • 3D model for respiratory sensitization.
  • 3D model for intestinal inflammation / uptake.
  • Eco-toxicological invertebrate models covering the entire water column (bacteria, algae, daphnids, gammarids).
  • Gene reporting cellular assay for the detection of endocrine effects.
  • Environmental monitoring vehicle.
  • Advanced expertise and equipment for the characterization visualization and tracking of pollutants (including nanoparticles). 
  • Advanced expertise on the generation and characterization of aerosol of chemicals and nanomaterials. 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Research domains
  • Environment

Share this page:

Research Group flyer

Download PDF Flyer

Partners

Royal Canin

Philipp Morris

Contact

Dr Arno GUTLEB
Dr Arno GUTLEB
Send an e-mail
View team members