Senior Group Chemical Risks


apl. Prof. em. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. med. habil. Gisela Degen


Research strategy

P11_BildRisks from chemicals are assessed on the basis of data on exposure, hazardous properties, mode of action and dose-response characteristics. For hazardous compounds with genotoxic, carcinogenic or hormonal activity, e.g. lead, cadmium, industrial chemicals, mycotoxins and xenoestrogens, we have conducted experimental studies to characterize potency in vitro and in vivo. We have developed sensitive methods for analysis of selected chemicals in biological fluids (biomonitoring) and applied these to characterize human exposure. The aim is an improved data base for the toxicological evaluation of chemical risks.


  • Effect characterization for selected compounds and mixtures
  • Human Biomonitoring – Exposure assessment
  • Toxicological risk evaluations


  • Prof. Dr. Nursen Basaran, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Türkei
  • Prof. Dr. Patrick Diel, Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln
  • Prof. Dr. Yalcin Duydu, Ankara University, Ankara, Türkei
  • Prof. Dr. Johanna Fink-Gremmels, University Utrecht, NL
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Remer, Forschungsinstitut für Kinderernährung, Dortmund
  • Prof. Dr. Mario Vega, Universidad de Conception, Chile