New PhD coordinator

On May 31st, 2019 professor Francesco Ficetola was elected as the new coordinator of the PhD course in Environmental Sciences.

Congratulations and best of luck!

Filippo Brandolini added a new publication (02/07/2019)

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Mattia Falaschi added a new publication (29/07/2019)

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Camilla Carla Parenti added a new publication (17/08/2019)

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    September 2, 2019

  • Seminar by Dott.ssa Beata Siemiatkowska, entitled: Redox regulation analysis by mass spectrometryā€¯

Environmental health

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PhD Students

Research interests

The area explores the relationship between the environment and health, using a molecular epidemiology approach. Exposure to toxicants/pollutants may trigger several responses in challenged human body, that may be detected and applied as biomarkers. Among them it is possible to measure the presence of the pollutants, their metabolites, and early biological effects, such as: oxidative stress markers and epigenetic markers (DNA methylation, histone modifications, microRNAs). These may be measured in easily accessible biological samples, such as peripheral blood, urine, saliva, hair.
Given the need to evaluate tiny exposures and subtitle effects, a large number of subjects needs to be investigated and a sophisticated statistical analysis of biological data is required. 
Research lines include:

  • air pollution and epigenetic changes;
  • solid waste incinerator emissions and biomarkers of exposure;
  • health status, epigenetic changes and susceptibility to environmental pollutants;
  • hair as a matrix to evaluate cumulative exposure.

Lab techniques include, for toxicology: liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, ICP/MS, GC/MS; for molecular epidemiology and epigenetics: DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, Pyrosequencing,  Real time PCR, Open array, flow cytometry, cell coltures.

ERC panel descriptors

LS7_5 Toxicology
LS7_11 Environment and health risks including radiation
LS7_12 Occupational medicine