Prof. Dr. Beate Escher

Dr. Beate Escher

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Building: 6.0
Room: 228
Phone: +49 341 235-1244

Prof. Dr. Beate Escher

Beate Escher is Head of Department of Cell Toxicology since October 2014. She holds a professorship in Environmental Toxicology at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. She is lecturer (Privatdozent) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in ETHZ, Switzerland. She holds a professorship at the University of Queensland and an adjunct professorship at Griffith University, Australia. She is member of the German Council of Science and Humanities and Associate Editor with Environmental Science and Technology.

Beate Escher received her PhD in Environmental Chemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, ETHZ, Switzerland. In 2002 she completed her habilitation in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry at ETHZ. She held a previous appointment as group leader at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science, Eawag, in Dübendorf, Switzerland from 2002 to 2008. From 2009 to 2013 she served as Deputy Director of the National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and held an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2011-2014).

Beate Escher’s research interests focus on mode-of-action based environmental risk assessment, including methods for initial hazard screening and risk assessment of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, disinfection by-products and persistent organic pollutants with an emphasis on mixtures. A special interest is the effect assessment of transformation products and disinfection by-products. One of Escher’s goals is to close the gap between exposure and effect assessment through common approaches linking bioavailability to internal exposure and effects via understanding and modelling of toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic processes. More practically oriented aspects of her work include passive sampling and effect-based methods for water quality assessment. Further she has an interest in improving dosing methods for very hydrophobic and volatile compounds and to develop new in-vitro assays for bioaccumulation and toxicity assessment.

A current list of publications can be found at

Bioanalytical Tools in Water Quality Assessment

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Author(s): Beate Escher and Frederic Leusch, with contributions by Heather Chapman and Anita Poulsen

IWA Publishing, ISBN: 9781843393689