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Nano-Safety Research Group

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

Prof Vicki Stone

Picture 002Vicki Stone, Professor of Toxicology, studies the effects of nanomaterials on humans and environmentally relevant species.  Current research projects investigate the mechanism of toxicity of a range of nanomaterials in cells of the immune system (macrophages and neutrophils), liver (hepatocytes) , gastrointestinal tract, blood vessels (endothelium) and lung.  She is interested in interactions between nanomaterials, proteins and lipids, and how this influences subsequent toxicity.  Current projects also develop in vitro alternatives using microfluidics as well as high resolution imaging of individual nanomaterials in 3D and over time.  In addition Vicki collaborates with ecotoxicologists to investigate the impacts of nanomaterials on aquatic organisms. Vicki coordinated a European project to identify the research priorities to develop an intelligent testing strategy for nanomaterials ( 


Vicki is Director of the Nano Safety Research Group at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and Director of Toxicology for SAFENANO ( She has acted as the Editor-in-chief of the journal Nanotoxicology ( for 6 years (2006-2011). Vicki has also published over 130 publications pertaining to particle toxicology over the last 16 years and has provided evidence for the government commissioned reports published by the Royal Society (2003) and the on Environmental Pollution (2008).  Vicki was previously a member of the UK Government Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution (COMEAP) and an advisory board member for  the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT; funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency).


The nanotoxicology work at Heriot-Watt University involves funding from Research Councils (NERC, BBSRC and EPSRC), the European Commission (GRACIOUS, PATROLS, BIORIMA, ITS-Nano, ENRHES, ENPRA, InLiveTox, NanoImpactNet, Marina, SUN and Qnano), charities (The Colt Foundation and The Cunningham Trust), the UK Government ( ) and industry (Unilever and GlaxoSmithKline).


In 2018, Vicki was selected as a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher. 

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Contact Vicki

Call: +44 (0) 131 451 3460

Location: David Brewster Building, Room DB 1.51A, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS



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