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Nano-Safety Research Group

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

Dr Rachel Verdon

Rachel websiteI am a postdoctoral researcher in the Nano-Safety Research group at Heriot-Watt University.After graduating with a MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, I completed my PhD in a programme that brings together physical scientists and biologists to create a multidisciplinary environment. My research involved the study of kidney development and function in larval zebrafish, usingin vivoimaging techniques.The goal of my current research is to develop sensitive and relevant alternative models for the assessment of nanomaterial toxicology; a field that currently relies heavily on rodent testing. In addition to usingin vitrocell models, I will apply my extensive zebrafish experience to assess the impact of nanomaterials on the inflammatory response in transgenic larvae. The use of these alternative models should be encouraged to better align nanotoxicity testing with the principals if the 3Rs; to Reduce, Refine and Replace animal testing in research.


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

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