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.
“Making Sense out of (Bio)analytical Data in Chemical Mixture Assessment”
Starting on Tuesday, 18th January 2022 this course will take place during January and February. It is an online self-paced training course consisting of 4 modules and online meetings for discussions.
For more information on the course content, the schedule and the required reading, please see the
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We are now offering experimental theses again.
If you are interested in writing your Bachelor or Master Thesis at the department of Cell Toxicology you can contact Beate Escher or you can express your interest by clicking here.
Did you know that we carry on average 2mg of DDT and transformation products, more than 10mg of PCBs, 6mg of brominated flame retardants and 7mg of the fragrance material galaxolide in our bodies? … and these chemicals are only the tip of the iceberg – the 35 chemicals that we detected in blood, brain, liver and adipose tissue could explain only a very small fraction ft he cocktail effect elicited by mixtures of extracted chemicals.
Our former PhD student Andreas Baumer developed in a series of three papers a method to quantify the mixture effects in diverse human tissues that allowed to us estimate the above-mentioned total body burden. The last of the series is now available open access via
1. Baumer, A.; Escher, B. I.; Landmann, J.; Ulrich, N., 2020. Direct sample introduction GC-MS/MS for quantification of organic chemicals in mammalian tissues and blood extracted with polymers without clean-up. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 412, 7295-7305.
2. Baumer, A.; Jäsch, S.; Ulrich, N.; Bechmann, I.; Landmann, J.; Escher, B. I., 2021. Kinetics of equilibrium passive sampling of organic chemicals with polymers in diverse mammalian issues. Environ. Sci. Technol. 55, 9097-9108. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c01836
3. Baumer, A.; Jäsch, S.; Ulrich, N.; Bechmann, I.; Landmann, J.; Stöver, A.; Escher, B. I., 2021. Chemical mixtures in human post-mortem tissues assessed by a combination of chemical analysis and in vitro bioassays after extraction with silicone. Environ. Internat. 157, 106867. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2021.106867