Anteneh Assefa Desalegn holds MSc in Toxicology from Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 2016. Previously he obtained Bachelor of Pharmacy and MSc in Pharmacology from University of Gondar and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Science-related Work Experience:
Anteneh had traineeship at European Commission Joint Research Centre for five months after completing his MSc in 2016. During his traineeship, he participated in evaluating the applicability of physiologically based kinetic modelling to investigate interactions in mixtures and support risk assessment. He received the 2017 Biological modelling student travel award from Biological Modeling Specialty Section of Society of Toxicology to present his master’s thesis poster on the 56th SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Before getting his MSc in Toxicology, Anteneh was mainly a lecturer of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Hawassa University in Ethiopia. Currently, he is a PhD student (early stage researcher) in environmental epidemiology at Norwegian Institute of Public Health and University of Oslo. His work will focus on identification of mixtures of contaminants associated with adverse child health outcomes using Norwegian Human Milk Study (HUMIS) cohort.
Other Professional Points-of-Interest:
Anteneh also has interest in predictive toxicology and health risk assessment of chemicals, food additives, and pharmaceuticals. He is certified pharmacist, and a member of Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Association and Society of Toxicology.
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Merete Eggesbø is an environmental epidemiologist with expertise in adverse effects of environmental chemicals and gut microbiota. Merete leads a small research group in environmental epidemiology, secured by her own grants. Having obtained an MD from the University of Oslo and a PhD in epidemiology and food allergy Merete is the Principal Investigator of the prospective HUMIS & NoMIC birth cohorts, which was established in order to study environmental toxicants and gut microbiota and child health. The cohorts encompass more than 2600 children and an extensive longitudinal data collection. Publications to date include the role of persistent toxicants such as HCB, PCB, DDE, BFRs and PFCs, as well as the composition of gut microbiota, in early life for child health.
Merete is affiliated with the Dept. of Environmental Exposure and Epidemiology Norwegian Institute of Public Health and has an extensive network of international collaborators. Merete is also an appointed consultant on a contract with NIEHS, NC, US, on research on environmental samples in MoBa.
Supervisor of ESR 2 (Identifying mixtures of contaminants associated with adverse child health outcomes)
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Siddhartha’s research focuses on development and application of statistical methodologies in the fields of gut microbiome, environmental health and air pollution. He has worked in applying advanced statistical techniques to analyze effects of mixture of environmental pollutants and developed novel methodologies to study the impact of gut microbiome on infant health. At present, he is also involved in modeling air pollution exposure using satellite and ground monitoring data.
Currently a Research Scientist at Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India. Siddhartha obtained his M.Sc in Statistics at Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India in 2008. In 2012 he completed his PhD in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During 2012-2015 Siddhartha worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, Norway, where his main area of interest was impact of gut microbiome and environmental pollutants on infant health.
Visiting Scientist in the PROTECTED grant to engage in development, application and teaching.