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Nano-Safety Research Group

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

Dr David Brown

Dave profile pictureDavid's career began in the early 1970s at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), at that time run by the National Coal Board. The Institute conducted research into the health and diseases of miners exposed to coal dust during their working career. This research led to further studies involving workers exposed to asbestos fibres and into cell based studies where attempts were made to understand the effects of man-made mineral fibres in the lung. David moved to the IOM unit at the City Hospital where this work was continued until the mid 1990s.  He then moved to Napier University in 1995 to study the effects of various nanomaterials in the respiratory system under the directorship of Professor Ken Donaldson. During his time at Napier University, he developed various in vitro models to investigate the cellular effects of nanomaterial exposure in different organ systems in the body. David joined Heriot-Watt University in 2011 where this work is continuing. More specifically, David is currently evaluating the toxicity of a diverse panel of nanomaterials to the lung, liver and immune system, investigating the mechanism of toxicity of nanomaterials, developing more realistic in vitro models to assess nanomaterial toxicity and determining the influence of nanomaterial-protein interactions to nanomaterial toxicity.

Contact Dave

Call: +44 (0) 131 451 4561

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