Dr. Veronika Schacht
Veronika joined the Department in June 2021 as a postdoctoral researcher. Her main tasks are the development of preparation methods for low volume human plasma samples and subsequent (non)-targeted and suspect analysis of xenobiotic compounds.Veronika successfully completed her PhD at The Queensland Alliance of Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS), The University of Queensland, Australia, in April 2017. She investigated facilitated transport processes of super-hydrophobic organic contaminants (SHOCs) in soils. In particular, she quantified a range of partitioning processes of SHOCs between water and mobile facilitators, e.g. surfactants and humic acid. Subsequently, Veronika joined RECETOX, Masaryk University for a two-year postdoctoral position within the European funded Human Biomonitoring for EU (HBM4EU) Project. The focus of her work was to explore the internal and external human exposure to a wide range of xenobiotics employing GC-HRMS. Veronika joined the UFZ in August 2019 to work in the ERC funded project “CHEMO-RISK” led by Prof. Annika Jahnke. She developed targeted trace analytical methods for biota samples employing GC-MS/MS. Moreover, Veronika continues to employ GC-HRMS based (non)-target and suspect screening approaches to map the organ specific distribution of xenobiotic compounds in marine mammals.