Chiara Talia recently graduated with honours in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Teramo, Italy. She spent a year of study abroad, thanks to the Erasmus + Programme, at the Escola Universitária Vasco da Gama, Portugal. She also obtained the licence to practise the Veterinary Profession.
Science-related Work Experience:
Chiara carried out her ecotoxicology thesis research project at the Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology Department. For the study, ecotoxicological tests were performed to evaluate the toxicity of two samples of sediment of Biferno River (Southern Italy), which is characterised by depletion of fish and benthic macroinvertebrate population. The fish embryo toxicity test with zebrafish and embryotoxicity test with Mediterranean mussels were carried out. Chiara worked with in vivo models and improved her knowledge of reproduction and embryo development. Furthermore, for the non-monotonic dose-response obtained as results, it was reasonable to think that the lethal and sub-lethal effects on embryos were caused by emerging contaminants, like endocrine disruptors. This is how she became interested in the new challenge of toxicology represented by endocrine disruptors. Chiara carried out a 10 week internship at the Veterinary University Teaching Hospital, rotating in different areas (small animal clinics and surgery, horse medicine, infectious disease, obstetrics and gynaecology). During the summer of 2016 she undertook a 6 week internship at the Veterinary Services, of the Local Public Health Board. She is currently undertaking full-time research, leading to a PhD in the project “Health impacts of complex mixtures on human foetal and placental health” at the Institute of Medical Sciences (University of Aberdeen), to answer major knowledge gaps with regard to human foetal exposure and endocrine disruptor bioactivity.
Other Professional Points-of-Interest:
Chiara is strongly interested in zebrafish as an animal vertebrate model for toxicology. Her main fields of interest among the Veterinary Sciences are endocrinology and oncology. She speaks Italian (mothertongue), English and Portuguese.
Area of science:
Lisa’s research focuses on endocrine disrupting environmental and food based toxins resulting from modern day industrial, agricultural or natural sources. Utilising innovative and emerging in vitro bioassays for the assessment of endocrine disruptors (ED’s) in food, feed and the environment, this work aims to identify ED mechanism of action, horizon scan for emerging ED’s and assess the mixture effects related to health.
Currently a Reader of Toxin Food Safety within the Institute for Global Food Security and the School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). Previously Lisa obtained her BSc in Biological Sciences at The University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, in 1994. In 1999 she was awarded a PhD in Biological Sciences specialising in cancer research at Dublin City University, Ireland. As a postdoctoral scientist, Lisa was involved in projects developing and applying new technologies for the detection of harmful contaminants in food.
The PROTECTED ITN Coordinator and supervisor of ESR 13 (Emerging High Content Analysis technology for the investigation of ED’s and their mixtures).
Area of science:
Paul’s research focuses on foetal programming of adult health and function, focusing on the effects of exposures of the developing foetus in humans and animal models. These exposures include environmental chemicals and endocrine disruptors (EDs), with an emphasis on maternal cigarette smoking as a chemical mixture insult to the human foetus. This work aims to identify effects and mechanisms by which EDs disturb foetal development with life-long consequences.
Currently a professor and Director of the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. Previously Paul obtained his BSc Hons in Zoology in 1982 and his PhD, specialising in reproductive endocrinology, in 1986, both at the University of Aberdeen. As a postdoctoral scientist, Paul was involved in projects applying MRI, in vitro assays and in vivo studies to better understand reproduction in females. Since 2000, his work has focused in reproductive and developmental/foetal programming effects of adverse maternal exposures/lifestyle.
The PROTECTED ITN partner and supervisor of ESR 3 (Health impacts of complex mixtures on human foetal and placental health).