Dr. Riccardo Massei
Riccardo joined the Department of Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology in July 2021. He is a postdoctoral researcher in the European project PrecisionTox. His main task is to perform high-content screening assays using Danio rerio embryos. Riccardo´s research put a major focus on the assessment of the adverse effect of chemicals on phenotype and behavior.
Riccardo got his PhD degree in environmental sciences at the RWTH Aachen University with a thesis on the incidence of neuroactive chemicals mixtures in European freshwater environments. Before joining the Department of Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology, Riccardo was postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp in the academic laboratory Zebrafishlab and at the UFZ in the Department of Effect-Directed analysis in the frame of the BMBF project NeuroBox. Riccardo´s research focus on the application of the DarT (the embryo test with Danio rerio) in ecotoxicology and the development of novel analytical techniques for the characterization of toxic effect in the environment. In particular, he is interested in the detection, identification and prioritization of harmful pollutants in aquatic ecosystems.
Riccardo was awarded by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) as Best Young Scientist (2016) for a poster on “Detection of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors in water samples from Novi Sad using effect-directed analysis and Danio rerio embryos”. He is the organizer and co-chair in the session “Fish model species in human end environmental toxicology” at SETAC Europe since 2017. He was an active member in the project SOLUTIONS and he is also taking active part in the NORMAN network.
A current list of publications can be found at ResearchGate.