Research Group on In Vitro Toxicology
The In vitro Toxicology research group is headed by Professor Lisbeth E. Knudsen.
We study placental transport of chemical substances, nanoparticles and antibodies by comparative analysis of samples from women and newborns, by experimental studies of transport in placental tissue (in our laboratory at the Panum Institute close to the maternity ward of the Rigshospitalet) and in vitro with cell cultures.
We are also the Danish participant in a large European biomonitoring program running in 16 countries: DEMOCOPHES where, in the autumn of 2011, urine, hair and blood samples will be collected from 120 schoolchildren aged 6-11 years and their mothers. The analyses of the samples will be performed at the Rigshospitalet’s laboratory for Growth and Reproduction, the Department of Environmental Medicine at the University of Southern Denmark, and at our own laboratory at the University of Copenhagen.
Furthermore, the group is engaged in a wide range of international activities.