Dr. Emanuela Finessi

Dr. Emanuela Finessi
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Dr. Emanuela Finessi

Emanuela Finessi graduated in Analytical & Applied Chemistry from the University of Bologna (Italy) and completed her PhD in Environmental Chemistry (2010) at the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate – National Research Council (ISAC-CNR) working on the chemical characterization of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) of biogenic and anthropogenic origin. She went on to work as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of York (UK) for about five years. There, she first joined the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) to investigate SOA formation mechanisms mediated by water. Subsequently, she moved to the Ecotoxicology & Models Laboratories to focus on toxicokinetics and biotransformations of pharmaceuticals in aquatic invertebrates. In 2016, Emanuela joined the Department of Effect-Directed Analysis at the UFZ Leipzig where she is currently working on the development of effect-based approaches for toxicant identification in biological samples, i.e. fish.

Her research interests lie across the disciplines of environmental chemistry, separation science, trace analytics and (eco-) toxicology with focus on the study of organic compounds within complex mixtures.

Overall, she is interested in the development/application of methods to gain a better understanding of organic pollutants’ dynamics – i.e. their sources, (bio-) transformation and fate in the environment and in biological systems – and their adverse effects on both the ecosystems and human health in order to enable efficient risk assessment and regulation strategies.

From a scientific prospective, Emanuela has developed an advanced expertise in issues related to both the atmosphere and aquatic ecosystems, dealing with atmospheric aerosol, cloud/fog droplets, marine and freshwaters, sediments and biological samples (primarily from aquatic organisms such as small invertebrates and fish). The underpinning approach of her research is effect–directed analysis (EDA), i.e. the integration of chemical and effect-based analytics for the identification of components responsible for toxicologically-relevant effects. The analytical toolbox for her investigations includes many diverse techniques supporting the characterization of organics at molecular level, such as clean-up/enrichment/tagging procedures, isolation by chromatography, nuclear magnetic spectroscopies and mass spectrometry (MSn) with emphasis on high res MSn using target-/non-target screening.

Her current major activity is in the frame of the project Solutions and focuses on EDA approaches for toxicants identification in fish. She is in particular involved in the development and validation of “next generation” EDA, deploying multivariate statistics and in silico predictive tools to replace experimental fractionation and bioassays (i.e. virtual EDA).


A current list of publications can be found at Researchgate .