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Human Exposure to Environmental Contaminants and Associated Health Effects
I obtained my PhD in Biochemistry/Cell Biology however the focus of my research has changed and I am now involved in a number of projects relating to environmental exposures and their health effects. I have been involved in a number of research projects which include investigating the exposure of pregnant women to a range of environmental contaminants (metals, pesticides, persistent organic compounds and Bisphenol A) and children’s exposure to metals, emerging pollutants and particulate matter. Recently I have been working on a study examining exposure to metals in women aged 50 and above, and the effects o exposure on their bone density and kidney function.
My background in biological sciences means that I am keen to explore ways of investigating not just personal exposure to environmental contaminants, but also the health effects of exposure and the biological mechanisms underlying those effects. I am particularly interested in environmental contaminants relating to health outcomes in susceptible population groups such as young children and the elderly. The effect of pre-natal exposure to environmental contaminants on pregnancy and birth outcomes is also an area of considerable interest to me. In addition I am keen to explore the contribution of dietary exposure of metals and pollutants to an individual’s total exposure.