Assistant Professor, Coordinator Nanosafety
Measurements and characterisation of airborne nanoparticles, lung deposition and toxicology: I am interested in how airborne particles are generated; what their sources are, and what happens to them after they have become airborne. I am especially interested in characterizing and sampling of those particles which are small enough to enter our respiratory tract and get deposited in the lungs. Why do some of these particles affect the lung adversely, and some not? Why are some of them translocated from the lung to the circulatory system and deposited in other organs? By sampling particles and quantifying emissions and exposure in people’s homes, outdoors and at workplaces, and by conducting cell culture studies in controlled laboratory settings, I hope to contribute to the knowledge of how, and why. I find that emissions and exposures at workplaces are of particular importance, since particles generated there often are of special interest when it comes to health. It can be because of their metal content (such as welding fume) or because of that we simply lack knowledge and experience of the particles (such as in the case of producing or working with engineered nanoparticles).
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