Environmental toxicology

What is Environmental Toxicology?

Numerous chemicals of anthropogenic origin contaminate terrestrial and aquatic environments. Research at the Environmental Toxicology program experimentally determines how chemicals and ionizing radiation affect the health of humans and animals. We focus in particular on developmental effects that can lead to long-lasting changes. In our research, we study molecular and cellular changes, impairments in development and reproduction as well as behavioural alterations. For this, we are using different experimental models ranging from aquatic and terrestrial vertebrates to cell models and microorganisms on-a-chip. Our research is both fundamental, aiming at identifying effects and clarifying mechanisms, and more applied by forming the basis for risk assessment and risk reduction.

Master program in Environmental Toxicology

Our department is responsible for running the master program in Biology with specialization in Environmental Toxicology. The program covers effects of chemicals in humans and wildlife at different levels of biological organization, from molecular effects at the cellular level, via physiological effects on cells, organs and whole organisms to consequences at population and ecosystem levels. Substantial applied aspects within fields such as environmental and human health risk assessment of chemicals and environmental impact assessment are given. The program gives a good background for professional work related to environmental pollution and sustainable development and also for PhD-studies in Environmental Toxicology and related disciplines.