Offer TitleEnvironmental Safety and Toxicology
Organisation NameHungarian University of Agriculture and life Sciences
Family NameKobolák
First NameJulianna
Accademic TitleDr.
Department / SectionInstitute of Aquaculture and Environmental Safety
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Keywordstoxicology, water, aquatic organisms, risk assessment, microbial monitoring
DescriptionHydro-climatic extreme events, especially floods possess a complex (chemical, microbial and toxicological) risk threatening the quality of drinking water, recreational water and irrigation water supplies. In water management, there is an increasing demand for rapid methods to analyse the complexity of this type of contamination and evaluate its effect on aquatic organisms. The Institute of Aquaculture and Environmental Safety (MATE) provides a complex set of processes applicable for the simultaneous analysis of chemical biological and toxicological parameters in water samples. Using data obtained from monitoring and laboratory analysis, a complex human and ecological risk assessment can be performed.
Project DescriptionOur research activities include spatiotemporal and biogeochemical monitoring of surface- and groundwaters as well as the laboratory analysis of environmental samples which include the long-term monitoring, analysis, and risk assessment of chemicals, microbial parameters, and microplastics. Complex ecotoxicological assessments (acute and chronic cytotoxicity, endocrine-disrupting effects) and bacterial biodetoxification of pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and their mixtures are also part of our research profile. We apply in vivo and in vitro zebrafish tests (e.g., early life stage or two-generation toxicity tests) in addition to Daphnia and algae tests, according to GLP or ISO standards. With our proprietary bioindicator zebrafish line (Tg(vtg1.mCherry), the estrogenic effect of environmental samples can be determined. Additionally, the department can conduct Vibrio fischeri tests for the environmental monitoring of water, colorimetric SOS Chromotest for genotoxicity assessment, and the BLYES/BLYAS/BLYR method for monitoring endocrine disruptors. Using these methods, we are able to evaluate the toxicological effects or conduct risk assessments of newly developed products, methods, and processes.
Opportunities for NetworkingThe Department is actively involved in European joint programmes. We are open to collaboration in research and innovation actions, training programmes, or educational cooperation. Moreover, open for tenders and contract-based works as well.