UROP Project

Bioanalytical tools to assess contaminated sediments

Contact

Name

Daniel Holder

Program Director UROP

Telephone

workPhone
+49 241 80-90695

E-Mail

Key Info

Basic Information

Project Offer-Number:
704
Category:
UROP International
Field:
Biology
Faculty:
1
Organisation unit:
Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Ökosystemanalyse
Language Skills:
English and basic knowledge in German (e.g., the UROP course
Computer Skills:
Excel, GraphPad Prism, Sigma Plot, Endnote skills are preferred
Others:
Easy going person having interests in German culture
Professor:
Prof. Hollert (RWTH) / Prof. Hecker (UoS)

Measure 1.1: Strengthening the Natural Sciences

There is general agreement that sediment-bound substances are of major importance for the fate and effects of trace contaminants as well as water quality in aquatic systems. Sediments can act as sinks for various pollutants but could also become a contamination source under certain circumstances such as dredging or flood events. Contaminated sediments are known to cause various adverse effects on organisms even when contaminant levels in the overlying water are low. Thus, monitoring and assessment of sediment quality is of prime significance for national legislation in general and for the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive in particular. Within this project sediments from Germany and optional)sediments from the US/Canada (by the applicant) will be analyzed using novel bioanalytical tools.

Task

The applicant will learn and apply extraction methods and bioanalytical methods using acute toxic and mechanism-specific endpoints as shown above: (i) the micronucleous assay for assessing Genotoxicity (ii) the Ames fluctuation test for assessing Mutagenicity and (iii) the Danio rerio fish egg assay for assessing teratogenicity

Requirements

The applicant should be student in Environmental Sciences / Biology with a sound knowledge of bioanalytical methods. We prefer applicants having interests in combining the UROP stay at the RWTH Aachen University with a BSc thesis at the University of Sasketchewan (Canada). Applicants with cell culture experience are strongly preferred.