ESR12 - Unravelling the REE-associated toxicity using plant and animal toxicity models

ESR 12 - Edith Padilla Suarez

The Early Stage Researcher for this research topic is Edith Padilla Suarez.

I studied Environmental Engineering at the TecNM (Mexico) and hold a masters in Ecotoxicology from the University Koblenz-Landau (Germany).

During my studies, I had the opportunity to work with different standardized and non standardized model species in the context of risk assessment of chemical substances, more specifically, of plant protection products. I became specially interested in testing methods that focused on filling the knowledge gaps of the current regulation of chemicals. 

I decided to participate in the PANORAMA project because of the objectives to enhance our knowledge on the chronic effects of these REE considered emerging contaminants. Further, I believe modern applications of chemicals should grow in pair with our understanding of the effects in the environment, specially in a multidisciplinary context.

This Early Stage Researcher will be hosted in Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II and will be supervised by Marco Guida and Giovanni Libralato.

The goal of this research topic would be to unravel the REE-associated toxicity using plant and animal toxicity models. This shall help evaluate the potential impact of REEs on environmental health. Eventually, an already available database shall be completed in an extended set of REEs in multiple bioassay models (nematodes, microalgae, plants and bacteria).

Two secondments are planned: 

  • Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro (three months) multiple model toxicity testing; 
  • HAW Hamburg (three months) bacterial and fish bioassays.

Dr Giovanni Libralato & Prof Marco Guida