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Nano-Safety Research Group

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

Dr Dominique Balharry

Dom smallDominique Balharry is a research toxicologist with expertise in human and environmental toxicology using in vitro techniques. Dominique was awarded a PhD in pulmonary toxicogenomics from Cardiff University in 2005, then went on to complete a post-doc within the Lung and Particles Research Group at the same university. Her research focussed on determining the genomic mechanisms of toxicity in response to particle and chemical insult (using an in vitro model), and utilising this information to identify biomarkers of exposure/hazard. In 2008, Dominique joined the Natural Environment Research Council where she led the Environment and Human Health research programme and was instrumental in setting up the Environmental Nanoscience initiative and the Environmental Exposure and Health Initiative (working in partnership with the US EPA, Medical Research Council, DEFRA, Department of Health, Environment Agency, EPSRC, ESRC and BBSRC).

In 2012 Dominique joined the NanoSafety Group at Heriot Watt University where she carried out a complex gap analysis, playing a lead role in the identification of knowledge and research gaps in nanosafety research, to facilitate the development of an Intelligent Testing Strategy for Engineered Nanomaterials, for the FP7 project, ITS-NANO. Following on from this she joined SAFENANO at the Institute of Occupational Medicine where she continues to collaborate with the Heriot Watt Nano-Safety Research Group investigating human and eco nanotoxicology.


Contact Dominique

Call: +44 (0) 131 451 4442

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