Heriot-Watt University (HWU)

 United Kingdom

Heriot-Watt University is a research-led university specialising in science and engineering, business and management, languages and design. Heriot-Watt research covers the full spectrum from fundamental and theoretical studies, through research of immediate relevance to industry and commerce, to practice-based studies.

High quality research can be found in each of our seven main Schools, which are configured to provide the maximum of opportunities for multi- and inter-disciplinary programmes. The School of Life Sciences is unique in providing research across disciplines including brewing and distilling, biotechnology, food science, climate change, marine science, psychology and sport science. Key areas of research include environmental biology, largely marine-based and biotechnology, centred on micro-organisms and cereal plants. The research portfolio has recently expanded into human and exercise physiology, psychology and of course nanotoxicology. The Environment Group in the School of life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University is well-known for its research strengths in ecotoxicology and environmental pollution. In particular, staff within the School have been involved with the development of the North Sea oil industry and its environmental impact since the 1970s. This has included the impact of drill cuttings discharges on the marine environment and related decommissioning issues, the toxicity of produced water and the fate of oilfield chemical residues, and the development of relevant biomarkers. The research has been supported by a variety of government departments, research councils, as well as the oil industry, both in the UK and overseas. In addition, the School has an active Masters and PhD programme in both source identification and assessing environmental impact. In MARINA HWU staff will investigate the relationship between the structural features of engineered nanomaterials (ENM) and their effects, and will contribute to the development of a novel environmental risk assessment methodology. This will be focussed on environmental effects and environmental risk assessment.

Prof. Dr. Teresa Fernandes
School of Life Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Scotland, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 131 451 4599
Fax: +44 131 451 3193
email: t.fernandes@hw.ac.uk
web: www.hw.ac.uk