Ajay Yadav gained a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium in 2015 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Medicine from University of Erlangen, Germany. Ajay wants to devote his energy and scientific potential to the improvement of human life.
Science-related Work Experience:
During his master’s thesis he worked on embryotoxicity “Evaluation of the potential embryotoxic effects of nanomaterials using the embryonic stem cell test (EST)”. The EST is an in vitro test validated by European centre for the validation of alternative methods and classifies the chemical compounds into strong, weak and not embryotoxicants. Part of this work was published in journal of Toxicology in Vitro ‘’Morphological observation of embryoid bodies completes the in vitro evaluation of nanomaterial embryotoxicity in the embryonic stem cell test” as a co-author in June 2015.
For his Bachelor thesis, Ajay worked on a project “Analysis of the muco-cutaneous junction (MCJ) of the human eyelid margin with different biomarkers”. The study was undertaken to better characterise the location of MCJ by analyzing the expression of different proteins, which can be used as possible markers for diseases affecting the human eyelid margin, Meibomian glands, such as Dry eye diseases, Meibomian glands Dysfunction and MCJ carcinomas. His findings were published in Journal Annals of Anatomy “Characterization of the mucocutaneous junction of the human eyelid margin and meibomian glands with different biomarkers” as a co-author in 2012.
Currently he is undertaking a PhD (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo) with the aim to understand the effect of persistent organic pollutants on neurodevelopment and gut microbiota composition in animal models.
Other Professional Points-of-Interest:
Ajay can speak English, German and Hindi as foreign languages.
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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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Erik has broad research experience including both in vivo and in vitro studies using isolated cells and organs, experimental species (including zebrafish, rodents, small and large ruminants) as well as field studies with marine mammals and ruminants. His main research interest has been how environmental factors can affect biological functions. He has initiated a number of research projects on environmental toxicology and been involved in several EU projects, in COST actions and in research related to developing countries.
Currently the Head of Section of Experimental Biomedicine within the Department of Production Animal Clinical Sciences at Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Previously Erik obtained his Degree in Veterinary Science at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH) in 1980. In 1986 he was awarded a PhD in Animal Reproduction and in 1988 the Degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Dr. med. vet.). In 1990 he was appointed Professor of Animal Reproduction at the same institution. Between 1990 and 2012 he served part of the time as Head of Department (6 years) and Deputy Dean at NVH (4 years).
The PROTECTED ITN WP 4 leader and supervisor of ESR 7 and ESR 8.