January 2018


Experimental Toxicology
Human health risk assessment
Food Toxicology
Environmental Health

Doctoral thesis defense

Francisco Sánchez Soberón, PhD candidate in TecnATox, will defend her doctoral thesis on 21st March 2018, at 11.00h in Sala de Graus, Chemical Engineering School, Universitat Rovira i Virgili.

Title: "Assessment of the human health risks and toxicity associated to particles (PM10, PM2.5 and PM1), organic pollutants and metals around cement plants".

Supervisors: Dr. Marta Schuhmacher and Dr. Joaquim Rovira.

Posted on 21-02-2018

A new paper of TecnATox has been included in pubmed

Peris-Sampedro F, Blanco J, Cabré M, Basaure P, Guardia-Escote L, Domingo JL, Sánchez DJ, Colomina MT. New mechanistic insights on the metabolic-disruptor role of chlorpyrifos in apoE mice: a focus on insulin- and leptin-signalling pathways. Arch Toxicol. 2018 Feb 5. doi: 10.1007/s00204-018-2174-3

Posted on 07-02-2018

Doctoral thesis defense

Noelia Domínguez Morueco obtained the PhD degree with the qualitification Excellent.

The thesis entitled: "Environmental levels of PAHs and other SVOCs in a Petrochemical area. Combining monitoring and modelling tools" was supervised by Dr. Martí Nadal, Dr. Jordi Sierra and Prof. Marta Schuhmacher.

Posted on 05-02-2018

2018 Toxics Travel Award

Our postdoctoral researcher Dr. Joaquim Rovira is the final winner of the annual Toxics Travel Award.

This year a large number of very highly meritorious applications have been presented. Nevertheless, he was identified as an outstanding candidate. You can read the full news in the following link.

Posted on 31-01-2018

Divulgation of TecnATox research

Dr. Jordi Sierra and Dr. Montse Marquès have recently collaborated with the magazine "FET a TARRAGONA" (Made in Tarragona).

These researchers of TecnATox wrote a divulgation article entitled "El sòl i el sol contra la contaminació" (The soil and the Sun against the pollution). It is about the role of the soil on the photodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and how the climate change will impact on the fate of these environmental pollutants. These findings are rellevant since changes on human health risks have been identified.

The presentation of the next FET a TARRAGONA (number 27) will be held next January 24 at 7.30 pm, in Cafè La Cantonada (Tarragona).

Posted on 17-01-2018

TecnATOx in "Diari de Tarragona"

Prof. Marta Schuhmacher, Dr. Joaquim Rovira and Francisco Sánchez-Soberón have been assessing the occurrence of ultrafine particles (PM1) in schools around the petrochemical complex in the framework of ULTRAPAR project. Among the huge amount of results, the high levels of PM1 in the school of Vilallonga del Camp have been highlighted. In addition, La Canonja, Sant Salvador and La Pobla de Mafumet also showed significant concentrations. The next step to be carried out is to determine the pollution source.

You can read the full press release in the following link.

Posted on 22-01-2018

Dr. Joaquim Rovira was on air in Radioset

Dr. Joaquim Rovira was interviewed by Radioset. The last findings of TecnATox in textiles area were a topic of concern in the sports program called "Partido a partido" (Match to match).

You can follow the full interview here (34'45'').

Posted on 10-01-2018