Maria Christou is a recent MSc. In Environmental Sciences from the University of Crete and is keen to pursue a research career in fish toxicology.
Science-related Work Experience:
Maria’s research has focused mainly on zebrafish examining the effects of environmental parameters on the life traits of zebrafish. As a member of the Laboratory of Fish Biology in the University of Crete, Maria has also worked on the effects of cyanobacterial extracts on the early life stages of zebrafish. She has also worked on aquaculture species of the Mediterranean Sea, mainly sea bream and sea bass, conducting quality control of samples from aquaculture facilities in Greece. She has also participated in a European project aiming in the development of a platform for data management and analysis to assist European fish aquaculture in its development towards higher performance and competitiveness. During the summer of 2011 she undertook an internship at the Hellenic Center for Marine Research in Heraklion where she studied the feeding and preying behavior of Octopus vulgaris on crabs, mussels and hermit crabs. She is currently undertaking a PhD (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo) which examines “Exposure effects of defined realistic mixtures of POPs on zebrafish development, behaviour, and population”. Behavioural outcomes, combined with morphology and transcriptomics studies will be used to investigate exposure effects on neurodevelopment, immune function and their interactions.
Other Professional Points-of-Interest:
Maria holds an Advanced Scuba Diving certificate and has a work experience as a lifeguard. She speaks fluent Greek and French.
Area of science:
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.
Area of science:
Steven has wide experience with in vitro models for a number of fundamental biological processes, such as steroidogenesis and neurodevelopment, as well as disease states including cancer and metastasis, and viral disorders. Steven has a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the Free University Brussels, Belgium. He gained his Ph.D. at Maynooth University, Ireland in 1995, in the field of invasive and apoptotic properties of haematopoietic cells. During a very international career he acquired a unique knowledge base on the crossroads of molecular biology, pathotoxicology, and developmental morphology.
Steven joined the group of Prof. Erik Ropstad at NMBU in 2007, and introduced in vitro cell models relevant to reproduction, reproductive toxicology, and development. These are deployed to look at effects of endocrine disruptors (EDs), whether pharmaceutical drugs, natural substances, or manmade contaminants. A main focus for the group are defined complex mixtures of EDs based on real-life human exposure scenarios. These are evaluated for their possible adverse impact on health outcomes, including neurobehavioral disorders and cancer.
Leader for WP4 (Complex Effect Models – Gut, Immunology, and Brain)