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Nano-Safety Research Group

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

Dr Birgit Gaiser

birgit profile smallBirgit Gaiser is a toxicologist investigating the toxicity of nanoparticles in the environment. Her current project, NANOMICEX (funding: EU FP7) deals with a set of particles used as pigments in inks, paints and dyes, and examines their effect on algae and aquatic invertebrates. Future work in the project will involve modification of these particles to reduce their toxicity while preserving their pigment properties.

Working in both human (in vitro) and environmental particle toxicology, Dr Gaiser has been involved in interdisciplinary studies such as the Environment and Human Health Programme led by NERC, comparing particle toxicity in different models such as aquatic invertebrates, fish, and piscine and human cells.

In the past, Dr Gaiser has also worked on projects concerned with improving in vitro methods for particle and polymer risk assessments with the aim to reduce or replace animal experimentation (3Rs). This involved advanced cell culture methods such as co-culture and fluidic experiments and comparison between in vivo and in vitro studies.

 Contact Birgit

Call: +44 (0) 131 451 4314

Location: William Perkin Building, room WP318, School of Life Sciences,  Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS