Titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the gut of a polychaete worm

Titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the gut of a polychaete worm

Professor Tamara Galloway
Professor of Ecotoxicology

Research

Research interests

My research group studies the biological effects of environmental chemicals in human and wildlife populations. We use a systems wide approach to address the following questions,

  • How do pollutants damage living systems?
  • How have animals evolved tolerance and resistance in polluted environments?
  • What makes some animals more sensitive than others?

We study both legacy contaminants (crude oil and organic oil derived compounds) and novel substances of concern (endocrine disruptors, microplastics and nanomaterials).

The relevance of our work

We are working with our funders to develop a predictive capability of the likely outcome of pollutants impacting on natural populations. Our research on simple invertebrate organisms has universal application in providing models of disease processes and the ways in which environmental factors contribute to human health conditions.

Key words: biomarker, gene expression, nanomaterial, plastics, microplastics, endocrine disrupting chemicals,

Research networks

CLEANSEA. EU FP7. Towards a clean, litter free European Marine Environment through scientific evidence, innovative tools and good governance 2013-2016 (www.cleansea-project.eu/drupal/index.php)

NANOMILE EU FP7. Engineered nanomaterial mechanisms of interactions with living systems and the environment: 2013-2016 (www.nanomile.eu/)

PROSPECT ‘Ecotoxicology Test Protocols for Representative Nanomaterials in Support of the OECD Sponsorship Programme. An EPSRC/DEFRA/Industry LINK programme to support nanosafety assessment. 2009-2012 (www.nanotechia.org/activities/prospect-ecotoxicology-test-protocols-representative-nanomaterials-support-oecd).

Quality Nano. The European Union-funded infrastructure for nanomaterial safety testing. 2011-2015 (www.qnano-ri.eu).

The AMPERA network. EU Co-ordination Action to Foster Prevention and Best Response to Accidental Marine Pollution (Ampera website) 2007.

Current grants

  • 2014 NERC
    Bioaccumulation and biological effects of microscopic plastic debris in the ocean
  • 2014 NERC
    Metal/Metal Oxide Nanomaterials and Oxidative Stress- Are there Harmful Health Effects in Fish for Environmental Exposures?
  • 2013 European Union
    Guidenano: Assessment and mitigation of nanomaterial-enabled product risks on human and environmental health
  • 2013  National Australian Health and Medical Research Council
    with Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne.
    Bisphenol A and the risk of chronic disease
  • 2012 European Union
    CLEANSEA: Towards a Clean, Litter -Free European Marine Environment through Scientific Evidence, Innovative Tools and Good Governance
  • 2012 European Union
    NANOMILE: Engineered nanomaterials mechanisms of interaction with living systems and the environment: a universal framework for safe nanotechnology
  • 2011 NERC
    Ecotoxicology of metal oxide nanomaterials in the aquatic environment
  • 2011 BBSRC
    Ecotoxicology in the benthic zone: Investigating the life history factors that influence species sensitivity. CASE awards with AstraZeneca
  • 2011 Wellcome Trust
    Gender inequalities in early life health outcomes
  • 2011 European Commission
    Qnano European Infrastucture for Nanosafety
  • 2011 DEFRA
    Ecotoxicology of metal and metal oxide nanomaterials in the aquatic environment
  • 2010 DEFRA
    Microplastics in the marine environment
  • 2010 NERC/USEPA
    NanoBEE Modelling Nanoparticle Bioavailability, exposure and effects

Previous recent grants

  • 2010 British Heart Foundation
    CARDIS: Chemical exposure and risk of cardiovascular disease in adults
  • 2008 EA/DEFRA
    Development of tools and modelling approaches for assessing hazardous and radioactive substances in the environment
  • 2008 EPSRC DEFRA Industry Link Award
    PROSPECT ‘Ecotoxicology Test Protocols for Representative Nanomaterials in Support of the OECD Sponsorship Programme
  • 2008 EA/DEFRA
    Development of tools and modelling approaches for assessing hazardous and radioactive substances in the environment
  • 2008 European Union
    EcoRaid: Ecological Risk Assessment of Accidental Marine Pollution

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