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April 2024    

Staff News

We farewell Dr. Jungen Lee who worked with Celltox for 6 years, completing a PhD and a postdoc and bringing us up to speed with imaging in high-throughput assays. On the day of her farewell a new paper appeared in ES&T on a novel high throughput assay that combines mitochondrial toxicity and oxidative stress response (link) with applications for risk assessment of chemicals and water quality monitoring. All the best to you Jungeun for your future endeavours. We will miss you!

Jungeun Lee

March 2024    

Staff News

Congratulations to our Julia Huchthausen on successfully passing her doctoral thesis defence.
Your hard work, perseverance and passion for research have paid off. Not only have you achieved an intellectual feat, but you have also taken an important step in your scientific career.

Julia Huchthausen

Julia Huchthausen
Julia Huchthausen

January 2024

New Partnership

We will start a collaboration with Prof., Kathrin Fenner at Eawag and Uni Zürich and Prof. Kjell Jorner of ETHZ with a a new project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation on the development of environmentally friendly chemicals at the crossroads of chemical, computer, environmental and health science. 

More info

February 2024

Hot Paper

First paper published stemming from a collaboration project between the University of Queensland and UFZ funded by DAAD
Bade R, Huchthausen J, Huber C, Dewapriya P, Tscharke BJ, Verhagen R, Puljevic C, Escher BI, O'Brien JW. 2024. Improving wastewater-based epidemiology for new psychoactive substance surveillance by combining a high-throughput in vitro metabolism assay and LC−HRMS metabolite identification.

Water Res 253:121297.

November 2023

Hot Paper

Georg Braun published the extraction method for human plasma preparing future human biomonitoring studies using target analysis of 400 chemicals and in vitro bioassays in ES&T- link


Zelltox PhD student Georg Braun and department leader Beate Escher traveled to the ISEAC-41 in Amsterdam and presented on their work on in vitro bioassays in mixture effect assessment, extraction methods of difficult matrices and human biomonitoring.

Georg Braun AOAC workshop
AOAC Workshop

July 2023


Zelltox PhD student Weiping Qin presented her first paper on the role of protein binding of PFAS in cell-based bioassay at the SETAC Europe 2023 conference in Dublin and at the JRC summer school on new approach methods in Ispra.

Weipings talk at SETAC Weipings talk at SETAC

Hot Paper

We are always pleased to host young scholars at Celltox for measurement of their samples in in vitro assays. Check out two new papers stemming from such collaborations.

Dr. Pavel Saur is a fish biology expert who worked on quarter quality during his visit at UFZ and his paper "Bioanalytical and chemical characterization of organic micropollutant mixtures in long-term exposed passive samplers from the Joint Danube Survey 4: Setting a baseline for water quality monitoring” is a first testimony of this fruitful collaboration.

Fei Chen visited from Guangdong Key Laboratory of Environmental Pollution and Health, School of Environment, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China (before the pandemic) and first outcomes can be found in "Text Mining-Based Suspect Screening for Aquatic Risk Assessment in the Big Data Era: Event-Driven Taxonomy Links Chemical Exposures and Hazards”

June 2023

Hot Paper

Fancy travel to Barcelona? All you need to know about drinking water quality in all suburbs of Barcelona….

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March 2023


Together with a large consortium of researchers from Helmholtz and international universities we have published a concept for modernising the hazard assessment of chemicals. The proposal is to combine effect and degradation assessment in a common approach using in vitro bioassays and new approach methods

Archives of Toxicology


Congratulations to Weiping Qin for publishing her first PhD paper. If you want to know why PFAS behave differently in in vitro bioassays and in human blood, check out " Role of bioavailability and protein binding of four anionic perfluoroalkyl substances in cell-based bioassays for quantitative in vitro to in vivo extrapolations“



Prof. Bryan Brooks , Editor-in Chief of Environmental Science and Technology letters presented the “Outstanding Achievements in Environmental Science and Technology Awards” to our dpartment Head Prof. Beate Escher and to Prof. Urs von Gunten of Eawag/EPFL, Switzerland. Beate talked in her award lecture about "Learning from environmental chemistry: a mechanism-based approach to toxicology and chemical risk assessment”

Environmental Science & Technology Awards
Environmental Science & Technology Awards
Learning from environmental chemistry
Learning from environmental chemistry

February 2023

virtuell Publication

Our very own Luise Henneberger (#LuiHenneberger) is a contributor to the virtual issue celebrating the international day of women and girls in science #ChemResTox

Link to publication

Research in Toxicology
Research in Toxicology

January 2023

Hot Paper

We congratulate Georg to his first PhD paper entitled Prioritization of mixtures of neurotoxic chemicals for biomonitoring using high-throughput toxicokinetics and mixture toxicity modeling. Stay tuned for new discoveries in biomonitoring thanks to this modelling study.

Link to publication

Graphical abstract
Hot Paper

Our guest from ETH, Juliane Glüge published the product our our collaboration as guest scientist at UFZ, an analysis of the bioaccumulation data of the ECHA databases entitled "How error-prone bioaccumulation experiments affect the risk assessment of hydrophobic chemicals and what could be improved”

Link to publication

Team news

A warm welcome to Dr. Jo Nyffeler who joins us from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Jo was awarded a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group grant to build up a research area around high-throughput image-based methods to evaluate species sensitivity distributions in ecotoxicological hazard assessment.

Dr. Jo Nyffeler
Dr. Jo Nyffeler

December 2022


Jungeun Lee and Julia Huchthausen joined the 21st International Congress ESTIV in Sitges (Barcelona) at the end of November which is focused on the development of in vitro and in silico approaches.
Jungeun Lee presented her poster about mixture effects of extracts from environment, food and blood on neurite outgrowth compared to cytotoxicity in SH-SY5Y cells.
Julia Huchthausen got the opportunity to give a presentation about a high-throughput workflow for the assessment of the abiotic stability of chemicals in in vitro bioassays.

Estiv congress
ESTIV congress

November 2022


Join our team at UFZ Cell Toxicology for this exciting opportunity (PhD Researcher/Topic: New Hazard Indicators for the Evaluation of Replacement Products (m/f/x) ) to modernize PBT-assessment within environmental risk assessment of chemicals. A Master in environmental sciences, biology, chemistry, bioanalysis, (eco)toxicology, environmental system analysis, geoecology or related areas is wanted!

October 2022


While our first paper (link to of the H2020 Project Panoramix is out - Mixture Risk Assessment of Complex Real-Life Mixtures—the PANORAMIX Project has just appeared, the project is already in full swing with the first General Assembly having taking place from 6-7 October 2022 in the Comics Museum in Brussels

Team News

We farewell Rita Schlichting, who helped build up CITEPro for over five years and did magic with lab management, and bioassay development including automatic data evaluation. We will miss you and wish you all the best for your new position outside academia.

Rita Schlichting
Rita Schlichting

September 2022

After three years and uncountable Teams meetings (with only the kick-off and now the final workshop in person) we had the grand finale of the Global Water Research Coalition project “Effect-based monitoring in water safety planning on 19 September 2022 in Paris. What a happy and industrious team- KWR, Griffith Uni, UFZ as well as Suez and Veolia as industry partners. Numerous reports can be downloaded on and several papers forthcoming. Hopefully more to come. 

GWRC final workshop
GWRC final workshop

July 2022

Wholehearted congratulations to Dr. Jungeun Lee for successfully defending her PhD thesis entitled" Development of high-throughput methods for testing neurotoxicity of environmental samples” Awesome outcome!

Thesis defense Jungeun Lee
Congratulations to Jungeun Lee!

May 2022

A delegation of Celltoxies and external collaborators presented their work on cell-based bioassays at SETAC 2022 in Copenhagen - a few impressions:

Celltox at SETAC 2022
Celltox at SETAC 2022

April 2022

Much of our work is on the speciation and toxicity of ionisable organic chemicals but for once we teamed up with environmental fate experts and contributed to the ES&T Feature Article "Sorption and Mobility of Charged Organic Compounds: How to Confront and Overcome Limitations in Their Assessment.“ Thanks to Gabriel Sigmund for leading this effort that brought together a large group of authors: Gabriel Sigmund,Hans Peter H. Arp, Benedikt M. Aumeier, Thomas D. Bucheli, Benny Chefetz,
Wei Chen, Steven T. J. Droge, Satoshi Endo, Beate I. Escher, Sarah E. Hale, Thilo Hofmann,
Joseph Pignatello, Thorsten Reemtsma, Torsten C. Schmidt, Carina D. Schönsee, and Martin Scheringer.

Link to publication

February 2022


Jungeun Lee and coworkers established a robust neuronal toxicity assay that allows not only classification of neurotoxicants for specificity of neurite outgrowth inhibition, neurotoxicity and baseline toxicity but will also be applied on the future in environmental monitoring and biomonitoring.


Winner! We are part of the winning team of Phase 2 of the CRACK IT Challenges 36!
The project CRACK IT Challenge 36: Animal-free in vitro led by Victoria Hutter of ImmuOne aims to develop animal product-free adaptations of the in vitro OECD test guidelines TG487 and TG455 to improve human-relevant responses and reproducibility.
Our role in the project is the characterization and validation of the metabolic activity of the S9 alternative and the participation in the interlaboratory validation.

December 2021

The Project PANORAMIX (Providing risk assessments of complex real-life mixtures for the protection of European citizens and the environment) was kicked off with a meeting at the Technical University of Denmark, who is coordinating this EU Horizon 2020 project. The Department Cell Toxicology leads the work package on in vitro bioassays for biomonitoring.

group picture: Participants of the PANORAMIX kick-off meeting at DTU

September 2021

Our congratulations go to Nadine Sossalla from UBZ, who successfully defended her PhD thesis on 23 September 2021. Nadine – it was a pleasure working with you despite the hundreds of samples you swamped our lab with. You are our truly first high-throughput student. All the best for your postdoc in Norway.

Prof. Beate Escher, Dr. Nadine Sossalla, Dr. Rita Schlichting, Maria König

June 2021

book cover "Bioanalytical Tools in Water Quality Assessment"

10 years in the thinking, 1 year in the writing – check out the open-access second edition of “Bioanalytical Tools in Water Quality Assessment” and supplementary material.

Thank you to our coauthors Dr. Peta Neale, long-time partner in crime, and Prof. Fred Leusch, who introduced us to working with human cell lines.

May 2021

If you cannot travel in person, travel virtually: Beate presented at the Northwest Fischeries Science Center in Seattle about application of bioassays for water quality monitoring.

Announcement presentation Fishery

Congratulations to Dr. Fabian Fischer, who was awarded the “Promotionspreis auf dem Gebiet der Wasserchemie” 2020 for his PhD dissertation, which he presented at the virtual “Wasser 21” conference.

Award Fabian "Wasser 21" May 2021

April 2021

We welcome three new team members in March 2021. Weiping Qin joined us with a Chinese Scholarship Council grant to do her PhD on the topic of in vitro toxicology and exposure assessment of perfluorinated compounds. Dr. Andrea Gärtner joined as a postdoc to work on mixtures on metals and organics and Fritz Kramer will do research towards his Master thesis in Molecular Medicine at the University of Jena.

March 2021

Our Master Student Audrey Ogefere from Potsdam University, who was supervised by Luise Henneberger, defended her Master thesis "The pH-Dependent Toxicity of Pharmaceuticals in In Vitro Cell-based Bioassays” successfully in a Zoom meeting on 5 March 2021- although we could not be with you, we send our congratulations via the web!

Audrey's defence

November 2020

We congratulate Max Müller to successfully passing his doctoral exam at University of Tübingen with his thesis “Organic micropollutants in small river systems – Occurrence, fate and effect”. He performed the effect part of his study in the department Cell Toxicology at UFZ.

Max's graduation

September 2020

We had our department retreat in a bit of simplified way this year to comply with the COVID-19 hygiene measures. We explored each department member’s career trajectory and had some fun with mini-golf in the afternoon.

retreat cell tox 2020
Minigolf Zelltox Sept. 2020

August 2020 

Due to COVID-19, the CAMPOS International Conference 2020 "Turnover of Diffuse Pollutants on the Catchment Scale” had to be cancelled but a virtuel poster session of the CAMPOS Conference was launched where you can also find contributions from Celltox in collaboration with Tübingen University.

July 2020

Since July, 1st, Julia Huchthausen, Luise Henneberger and Beate Escher are working in a third-party funded project financed by Unilever on the development of in vitro testing strategies for unstable chemicals.

Mai 2020

The Global Water Research Coalition (GWRC) project on Effect Based Monitoring (EBM) in Water Safety Planning was started in October 2019 and UFZ is responsible for the Workpackage 3, on applicability of EBM tools and methods. The first deliverable from the project, a factsheet on “the use of effect-based monitoring for the assessment of risks of low-level mixtures of chemical in water on man and the environment” is now available on the GWRC website.

March 2020

Due to the pandemic our team has also moved to home office to make our contribution to stop the spreading of COVID19. We can be reached by e-mail and via videoconferencing. While chemical pollution is not in the centre of attention today, it remains an ongoing issue and our work will continue to contribute to a future without chemical pollution.

February 2020

Read the new Science special issue on "Chemistry for tomorrow’s earth” on with a contribution from our department on “Tracking complex mixtures of chemicals in our changing environment" Beate I. Escher, Heather M. Stapleton, and Emma L. Schymanski (2020): Tracking Complex Mixtures of Chemicals in our Changing Environment. Science,
and listen to the podcast on

January 2020

We farewell Dr. Annika Jahnke and her team who will move on to form an independent group in the Department of Ecological Chemistry and thank her and her team for the fruitful collaboration over the last five years. At the same time we welcome Dr. Luise Henneberger as the new group leader of the team “Bioassay exposure assessment”.

September 2019

Annika, Elisa, Christoph and Cedric arrived safely back in Singapore after their expedition across the Pacific. Read more about it in the blog. More information on the project Micro_fate can be found here.

Route of the expedition on the research vessel SONNE

August 2019

We farewell Jenny into her maternity leave and wish her all the best for the future!

Verabschiedung Jenny John in den Mutterschutz

July 2019

Luise Henneberger has published a method for experimental determination of partitioning of organic acids in biological materials: “C18-coated solid-phase microextraction fibers for the quantification of partitioning of organic acids to proteins, lipids, and cells”

June 2019

Our department is growing:
Sebastian Abel joined the team as a postdoc in April. He studies the human exposure using passive sampling devices.
Lili Niu is a scholarship holder of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation and works on the bioavalability and toxicity of sediment-associated pollutants.

Welcome to the team!

May 2019

Department Head Beate Escher visited several Chinese Universities in April, among them Jinan University, Shanghai Ocean University and Being Normal University to deepen existing collaborations and for scientific

Beate Escher in China

April 2019

Department Head Beate Escher giving lectures on environmental and human heath risk assessment at Being Normal University during her trip to China.

Beate Escher giving lectures at Beijing Normal University.

March 2019

We have successfully celebrated the launch of CITEPro. Thanks to all involved for the good support. Further information can be found here.

CITEPro Launch

February 2019

Elisa Rojo-Nieto published the paper "Passive equilibrium sampling of hydrophobic organic compounds in homogenised fish tissues of low lipid content".

December 2018

We congratulate Fabian Fischer to the successful completion of his PhD thesis. He is the first Graduate of the Department of Cell Toxicology - dissertation available at
Wonderful to have you in our team as Postdoc, Dr. Fischer!

Annika Jahnke published the paper "Effect-based characterization of mixtures of environmental pollutants in diverse sediments” in the Emerging investigator series of the journal Environmental Science; Processes and Impacts:

Fabian Fischer's paper "Application of Experimental Polystyrene Partition Constants and Diffusion Coefficients to Predict the Sorption of Neutral Organic Chemicals to Multiwell Plates in in Vivo and in Vitro Bioassays" focuses on the chemical sorption to multiwell plates in in vitro and in vivo bioassays. It provides a model that predicts the chemical losses over time in various setups, which can used to enhance the quality of chemical dosing in bioassays. Link:

October 2018

Our collaborator Dr. Peta Neale and her work in the EU project SOLUTIONS was featured in the Daily Newspaper “The Australian”
Dr. Neale continues to collaborate with our department through her consultant company PNEC: Peta Neale Environmental Consulting.

A key paper for the understanding of the fate of chemicals in cell-based bioassays and their uptake into cells has just been published in "Chemical Research in Toxicology". Fabian Fischer showed, that uptake of neutral and ionised organics is sufficiently fast that bioassays with 24h exposure can be considered to have continuous constant exposure unless metabolism leads to depletion.

September 2018

Since June 1, 2018, Theo Wernicke has been a PhD student in our department. He deals with the topic "Passive sampling as a biomimetic proxy of the internal exposure of fish".

Jungeun Lee from South Korea joined our team on 1 August 2018 to do a PhD project on the development of neurotoxicity assays for environmental quality monitoring.

Welcome to the team Jungeun and Theo!

August 2018

The collaborative research centre 1253 CAMPOS ( harvests its first fruits: The PhD student Max Müller has published a study on the pollutant burden in the Ammer river. The Celltox bioassay lab has contributed all bioanalytical investigation to this study.

Müller ME, Escher BI, Schwientek M, Werneburg M, Zarfl C, Zwiener C. 2018. Combining in vitro reporter gene bioassays with chemical analysis to assess changes in the water quality along the Ammer River, Southwestern Germany. Environmental Science Europe 30:20.

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We lead a team of researchers from the EU project SOLUTIONS and the NORMAN network who developed a method to derive effect-based trigger values by read across from existing environmental quality standards of the Water Framework Directive of the EU. These triggers will be essential for the application of effect-based methods for water quality assessment because they allow to differentiate acceptable from unacceptable water quality. The numerical EBT are preliminary, more work is required to improve the database for their derivation, but already now they are serving in research projects for monitoring purposes.

Escher, B.I., Ait-Aissa, S., Behnisch, P.A., Brack, W., Brion, F., Brouwer, A., Buchinger, S., Crawford, S., Hamers, T.H.M., Hettwer, K., Hilscherova, K., Hollert, H., Kase, R., Kienle, C., Legradi, J., Tuerk, J., van der Oost, R., Vermeirssen, E. and Neale, P.N. (2018). Effect-based trigger values for in vitro and in vivo bioassays performed on surface water extracts supporting the environmental quality standards (EQS) of the European Water Framework Directive. Science of the Total Environment, 628-629: 748-765.  

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July 2018

The Brief Review article "Reducing Uncertainty and Confronting Ignorance about the Possible Impacts of Weathering Plastic in the Marine Environment" in Environmental Science & Technology Letters was selected by the journal's editors as one of the Best Papers in 2017! Congratulations Dr. Annika Jahnke. (Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2017, 4 (3), 85−90 DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00008).

June 2018

We have teamed with Veolia Research and Innovation to investigate the water quality of Parisian drinking water. The low levels of disinfection byproducts were below any level of concern. Mixture toxicity modelling showed volatile DBPs had a minor contribution to effect. We were able to differentiate between effects of micropollutants from source water and effects from formed DPBs.
Hebert A, Felier C, Lecarpentier C, Neale P, Schlichting R, Thibert S, Escher B. 2018.
Bioanalytical assessment of adaptive stress responses in drinking water as a tool to differentiate between micropollutants and disinfection by-products. Water Res:revised version submitted October 2018.
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May 2018

DoCE (Dosing for Controlled Exposure) – ‘Dosing strategies for characterising in vitro dose-responses with increased relevance for in vivo extrapolation’
Three teams have been awarded funding to carry out Phase 1 proof-of-concept studies*. Sponsored by Unilever and Shell, this Two Phase Challenge aims to establish improved methods and approaches to better account for bioavailability in vitro to enable robust QIVIVE.
Congratulations Dr. Luise Henneberger!

March 2018

The ERC-funded project "CHEMO-RISK- Chemometers for in situ risk assessment of mixtures of pollutants" started in May, 2017, at the Department Cell Toxicology. Two postdocs, a PhD student and a technician joined the group during the last months and have started working on their respective subprojects: a) thermodynamics of bioaccumulation assessment, b) suspect screening of a broad range of environmental pollutants using GC/Orbitrap high-resolution mass spectrometry and c) internal exposure in marine mammals. Welcome Elisa, Melis, Eva and Jörg! 

December 2017

Our PhD student Fabian Fischer’s first paper on an exposure model in high-throughput bioassays was featured by Chemical Research in Toxicology, with an Editor’s Choice Award and the journal title page of Issue 5:

Fischer, F., Henneberger, L., König, M., Bittermann, K., Linden, L., Goss, K.-U. and Escher, B. (2017). Modeling exposure in the Tox21 in vitro bioassays. Chemical Research in Toxicology, 30: 1197−1208.

May 2017

An international workshop brought together a goup of scientist working in the area of environmental toxicology and ecotoxicology to discuss how mechanistic understanding of the causal links between exposure and adverse effects on human health and the environment can be improved by integrating the exposome approach with the adverse outcome pathway (AOP) concept. This proposal supports the IP Exposome as well is a core component of the strategic goals of the department cell toxicology.

Escher, B.I., Hackermüller, J., Polte, T., Scholz, S., Aigner, A., Altenburger, R., Böhme, A., Bopp, S.K., Brack, W., Busch, W., Chadeau-Hyam, M., Covaci, A., Eisenträger, A., Galligan, J.J., Garcia-Reyero, N., Hartung, T., Hein, M., Herberth, G., Jahnke, A., Kleinjans, J., Klüver, N., Krauss, M., Lamoree, M., Lehmann, I., Luckenbach, T., Miller, G.W., Müller, A., Phillips, D.H., Reemtsma, T., Rolle-Kampczyk, U., Schüürmann, G., Schwikowski, B., Tan, Y.-M., Trump, S., Walter-Rohde, S. and Wambaugh, J.F. (2017). From the exposome to mechanistic understanding of chemical-induced adverse effects. Environment International, 99: 97-106.

The paper can be downloaded at

April 2017

The project "Paving the way for QIVIVE: from nominal to free to cellular concentrations in in vitro assays” funded by CEFIC LRI is a collaboration between our department, Dr. Nynke Kramer from Utrecht University and Prof. Philipp Mayer from Technical University of Denmark. The project was launched in February and involves Beate Escher, Luise Henneberger, Fabian Fischer and Rita Schlichting from the department Cell Toxicology.

January 2016

We welcome two new members to our Celltox family: Andreas Baumer will do a PhD project and Eva Reiter will write her final report with our support.

October 2016

We welcome two new members to our Celltox family: Isabel Keddi and Madlen Landmann will write their final reports with our support.

March 2016 

Our group is advancing the the use of polymer-based passive sampling and dosing. In the last weeks three new papers have been published that (a) outline a new approach for determination of polymer-water partition rations for superhydrophobic compounds, (b) a modified polymer with higher srptive capacity and (c) an application of the new partition constant for the determination of surfactant-water partition ratios of dioxins.

(a) Grant, S., Schacht, V., Escher, B.I., Hawker, D.W. and Gaus, C. (2016). Experimental Solubility Approach to Determine PDMS−Water Partition Constants and PDMS Activity Coefficients. Environmental Science & Technology, in press: 10.1021/acs.est.1025b04655.
(b) Durig, W., Blakey, I., Grant, S., Chambers, L., Escher, B.I., Weijs, L. and Gaus, C. (2016). New Polymer Passive Sampler for Sensitive Biomonitoring of Lipid-Rich Matrices. Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 3(2): 52-56.
(c) Schacht, V., Grant, S., Escher, B.I., Hawker, D.W. and Gaus, C. (2016). Solubility enhancement of dioxins and PCBs by surfactant monomers and micelles quantified with polymer depletion techniques. Chemosphere, 152: 99-106.

January 2016

This article outlines various strategies for quantifiable transfer of mixtures of organic contaminants from environmental samples into cell-based in vitro and low-complexity in vivo bioassays. We cover chemicals in water, sediment and biota processed using total extraction or polymer-based passive sampling combined with either solvent spiking or passive dosing.
Jahnke, A., Mayer P., Schäfer,S., Witt G., Haase N., Escher, B.I. (2016). Strategies for Transferring Mixtures of Organic Contaminants from Aquatic Environments into Bioassays. Environ.Sci.Technol.

The paper can be downloaded at

February 2016 

We have evaluated the cellular toxicity pathways of 50 structurally diverse drinking-water disinfection byproducts with a battery of reporter gene assays.
Stalter, D., O'Malley, E., von Gunten, U. and Escher, B.I. (2016). Fingerprinting the reactive toxicity pathways of 50 drinking water disinfection by-products. Water Research, 91: 19-30.
The paper can be downloaded at

December 2015 

We developed a passive dosing method which determines the sorption capacity of fat extracted from 5 species, which differ only very slightly. The paper can be downloaded at, Jahnke, A., Holmbäck, J., Andersson, R.A., Kierkegaard, A., Mayer, P. and MacLeod, M. (2015). Differences between Lipids Extracted from Five Species Are Not Sufficient To Explain Biomagnification of Nonpolar Organic Chemicals. Environ. Sci. Technol. Letters, 2: 193-197.

As of 1 December 2015 we welcome a new member to the Celltox family: Luise Henneberger has started as a postdoctoral researcher. She will work in an industry-funded research project that improves the quantitative exposure assessment in HTS cell-based bioassays and develops and implements methods for quantitative in vitro to in vivo extrapolation (QIVIVE).Welcome!

October 2015 

We designed an quantitative silicone sampling system to extraction bioaccumulative chemicals from blood. The paper can be downloaded at, Jin, L., Escher, B.I., Limpus, C. and Gaus, C. (2015). Coupling passive sampling with in vitro bioassays and chemical analysis to understand combined effects of bioaccumulative chemicals in blood of marine turtles. Chemosphere, 138: 292-299.

June 2015 

The SOLUTIONS team in our Australian Celltox lab has demonstrated that apparent antagonism can be observed in estrogenicity reporter gene assays if the binding between natural organic matter and estrogens, which decrease the available agonist concentrations in the assay are not accounted for.
For more information
Neale, P., Escher, B.I. and Leusch, F. (2015). Understanding the implications of dissolved organic carbon when assessing antagonism in vitro: An example with an estrogen receptor assay. Chemosphere, 135: 341-346.

As of 1 June 2015 we welcome two new members to the Celltox family: Dr. Rita Schlichting will support the implementation of the high-throughput platforms CITEPro and Lisa Brückner will do a PhD project within the framework of the EU project Intelligence-led Assessment of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment (iPiE).Welcome!

April 2015 

Our young department has its first own PhD student since April 1, 2015 . Nora Haase will seek to bridge the gap of polymer -based extraction of a complex mixture of environmental chemicals from fish tissues for characterization of mixture toxicity in cell -based bioassays. Welcome , Nora !

April 2015

Tattoo inks are considered to contain mainly insoluble pigments but simple experiments indicated that toxic components may be mobilised and induce adaptive stress responses in cell-based bioassays. Black ink contained polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and induced genotoxicity and oxidative stress responses but greatest response was found for red and yellow tattoo inks. For more information Neale, P.A., Stalter, D., Tang, J.Y.M. and Escher, B.I. (2015) Bioanalytical evidence that chemicals in tattoo ink can induce adaptive stress responses. Journal of Hazardous Materials 296, 192-200.

February 2015 

Our department has been participating in the project IPiE (intelligence-led assessment of pharmaceuticals in the environment) since February 2015.  25 partners from academia, public authorities and the pharmaceutical industry work together to improve prediction of the environmental effects of medicinal products that are still in the development process. In addition they want to establish prioritized lists for the risk assessment and the environmental (bio)Monitoring of pharmaceuticals which are already on the market. The project is funded with a budget of 10.2 million euros for 4 years  by the EU and the pharmaceutical industry through its innovative finding Initiative (IMI).

October 2014 

Beate Escher has been Head of Department of Cell Toxicology since 10.October 2014. She holds a professorship in Environmental Toxicology at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen.

August 2014 

Dr. Annika Jahnke started as new group leader in the Department Cell Toxicology. Annika’s research focuses on the combination of passive sampling of complex matrices with chemical analysis and bioanalytical tools. Welcome to the team, Annika!

June 2014

The new department of Cell Toxicology is presently hosted in the laboratories of Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology and Effect-Directed Analysis. Thanks everyone for giving us a head start!