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The

Nano-Safety Research Group

Specialists in the assessment of nanomaterial toxicity to human health and the environment

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We are a multidisciplinary team based at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. 

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The team has both human (headed by Prof Vicki Stone) and environmental (headed by Prof Teresa Fernandes) toxicologists. For more information on the reserach interests and activities of the members of the Nano-Safety Research Group please refer to the profiles below.

Directors  

Prof Vicki Stone

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Director of Nano-Safety Research Group

Deputy Head of School of Life Sciences

Professor of Toxicology

 

Prof Teresa Fernandes

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 Director of Nano-Safety Research Group

Professor of Environmental Science

Academics  

Dr Tom Aspray

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Lecturer in microbiology

Dr Liz Dyrynda

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 Lecturer in marine biology and immunology

Dr Mark Hartl

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 Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in marine biology

Dr Ted Henry 

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 Reader/Associate Professor in environmental science

Dr Helinor Johnston

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 Lecturer in toxicology

Deputy Director of Nano-Safety Research Group

Post Doctoral Researchers  

Dr Dominique Balharry

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Honorary Research Fellow

Research Toxicologist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine

Dr Matthew Boyles

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Post Doctoral Researcher

Dr David Brown

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 Senior Research Fellow

 Dr Birgit Gaiser

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 Post Doctoral Researcher

 Dr Julia Varet

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Honorary Research Fellow

Research Toxicologist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine

 

Technical Staff  

Dr Nilesh Kanase

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 Technician for the human health laboratory

 Dr John Kinross

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 Technician for the environmental laboratory
PhD Students   

Hassien Alnahiri

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 PhD student investigating the toxicity of copper oxide nanomaterials to the marine environment using mussels (Mytilus edulis and Modiolus modiolus) as a model organism

 Jonathan Curry

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 PhD student investigating the ecotoxicology of nanomaterials, using the unicellular green algae (Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata) as a model organism

Samantha Donnellan 

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PhD student investigating the development of nanomedicines for the treatment of tuberculosis

Viginia Echavarri Bravo

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 PhD student investigating the impact of silver nanomaterials on estuarine bacteria

Suzanne Gillies

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PhD student using transgenic zebrafish as a tool to study nanomaterial inflammogenicity

Zuzanna Gajda-Meissner

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PhD student investigating the toxicity of nanomaterials to the aquatic environment using the freshwater crustacean Daphnia magna and the marine mollusc Mytilus edulis as models

Iain Hannah

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PhD student investigating the ecotoxicological impact of silver nanomaterials on the microbial communities of waste-water treatment plants

Corin Liddle 

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 PhD student investigating the environmental conditions in freshwater environments that impact on nanomaterial toxicity using Zebrafish and the Californian Blackworm as models

Simon Little  

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 PhD student investigating the toxicity of silver and titanium dioxide nanomaterials to the freshwater sediment ingesting oligocheate Lumbriculus veriegatus

Florian Mallevre 

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 PhD student developing bacterial based biosensors for nanomaterial ecotoxicity testing

Daniele Pantano

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PhD student investigating the toxicity of nanomaterials to the skin and liver

 

Danai Patsiou

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PhD student investigating the ecotoxicity of nanomaterials to zebrafish

Kai Paul

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PhD student investigating the environmental impact of nanomaterials using the model organism Daphnia magna

Leagh Powell

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PhD student investigating the safety of polymer based nanomedicines 

Valentina Ricottone

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PhD student investigating the ecotoxicity of nanomaterials to benthic freshwater invertebrates

Pawitrabhorn Samutrtai

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PhD student investigating the toxicity of silver and copper oxide nanomaterials to the soil-dwelling species Caenorhabditis elegans