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Nano-Safety Research Group

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

Dr Ted Henry

TB Henry image 1Ted Henry is a Reader in the School of Life Sciences and Director of the Zebrafish Research Facility at Heriot-Watt University, and his primary roles and responsibilities are to:

  • Lead a research program with a particular focus on molecular ecotoxicology and histopathology in fish. Investigate toxicological responses in model species (zebrafish Danio rerio; and the great pond snail Lymnea stagnalis) and in wild aquatic organisms (primarily freshwater and marine fish).
  • Supervise postdoctoral research associates, visiting scientists, postgraduate and undergraduate student projects located in the UK and various international institutions.
  • Serve as Research Associate Professor in The University of Tennessee Center for Environmental Biotechnology, and Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Dr. Henry teaches courses/modules in fish physiology, water pollution biology, aquatic toxicology, and biological microscopy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At UT he teaches a graduate course in aquatic toxicology and teaches toxicoses and fish disease components of courses in the Wildlife Health curriculum. Dr. Henry also teaches intensive short courses in specific areas of fish disease, aquatic toxicology, and statistics in ecotoxicology.


Ted's research interests are focused on investigating the effects of stressors in aquatic organisms (primarily fish) towards resolving linkages between mechanisms of action and higher order biological effects. Typically, stressors include toxicants (e.g., endocrine disruptors, algal toxins, pharmaceutical substances, nanomaterials), pathogens, or physical factors (temperature, electric fields). Ted is particularly interested in evaluating changes in global gene expression, and, subsequently, in modeling changes in expression profiles of target genes (qRT-PCR) within specific biochemical pathways. He uses histopathology and various microscopy approaches to investigate effects at tissue levels.

Ted uses model organisms and wild species and experiments are conducted both in aquarium facilities and in field settings. Zebrafish are the primary fish model (Ted direct's the Zebrafish Research Facility) and the great pond snail Lymnea stagnalis is an invertebrate model he have started to work with recently. Both models have unique features that enable investigations within important pathophysiological processes.


Dr. Ted Henry joined the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in 2013. He is also appointed as a Research Associate Professor in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology and the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He received a Bachelor of Arts (1992) in Aquatic Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara, and subsequently worked as a fisheries extension/rural community development agent in the Akebou region of Togo West Africa as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer (1992-1994). He received a Master of Science (1998) from the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures at Auburn University (AL) with thesis research on the aquatic toxicology of acid mine drainage mixing zones in warmwater streams. His doctoral research in the Fish Disease Laboratory at Auburn University investigated fish pathology associated with exposure to electric fields. He investigated the ecotoxicology of pharmaceutical substances as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA; and his first academic position was at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. In 2008, he came to the UK as a Research Council of the UK Academic Fellow leading to a Readership appointment at the University of Plymouth. 

Contact Ted

Call: +44 (0) 131 451 4315

Location: William Perkin Building, room T.09, School of Life Sciences,  Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS



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