PD Dr. rer. nat. Christoph van Thriel


Various chemicals in the working environment interact with peripheral or central structures of the nervous system. Thereby, they elicit perceptual, behavioral, and physiological responses that might be associated with several health risks. The most relevant risks arising from these interactions and the subsequently elicited responses are neurotoxicity, sensory irritation and odor annoyance.
The main objectives of the research group ‘Neurotoxicology and Chemosensation’ are (1) the identification of chemicals bearing such risks, (2) the avoidance of adverse health effects by contributing to the process of deriving occupational exposure limits (OELs), and (3) the investigation of the underlying biological mechanisms. These aims can only be achieved by interdisciplinary research combining behavioral and life sciences. Thus, IfADo provides a unique scientific environment for our research that lies at the intersection of toxicology and neurosciences/experimental psychology.


Third-party funds

  • 2016-2018 (€ 164.000,00) Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)/GesundHolz
  • 2014-2017 (€ 366.329,00) BMBF/LCI-MEA (Life Cell Imaging – Micro Electrode Array)
  • 2011-2016 (€ 881.213,00) DGUV/IRRE 2
  • 2011-2014 (€ 395.499,00) BMBF/Network Formation Assay
  • 2008-2013 (€ 90.000,00) EU/ESNATS