The overall objective of the research in our laboratory is to understand how environmental pollutants interfere with and change biological processes in aquatic organisms from natural populations. We try to identify which genes are targeted and how exposure changes transcription patterns. Our research is also focused on genetic diversity and if specific allelic variants are associated with observed responses.
The ultimate goal is to identify and understand the resulting toxic effects inside aquatic organisms after they have been exposed to various environmental contaminants and/or pharmaceutical residues. Also, we are interested in investigating if and how the effects change if multiple chemicals expose the organisms simultaneously.
Our lab is currently focusing on the estrogen receptor genes, but also various biotransformation genes, in salmonid species (Salmo salar; Salmo trutta), roach (Rutilus rutilus) and freshwater snails. Our exposure experiments are setup in collaboration with the Aquatic Ecology group. We also participate in the network 'Pharmaceuticals in the Environment' (PIE).