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Joachim Sturve

Docent in Ecotoxicology

Tel: +46(0)31-786 36 88 | joachim.sturve@bioenv.gu.se

Research interests

The main aim of my work is to identify effects of, and track the presence of, pollutants in the environment. The research is focused on the field of aquatic toxicology and ecotoxicology in connection with physiological changes in aquatic organisms. My work employs a biomarker approach and I have investigated the effects of pollutants on detoxifying systems and antioxidant defence systems. I work both field oriented with aquatic environment monitoring programs and in the laboratory with mechanistic studies. I’m also actively including cell based in vitro methods into our laboratory in order to decrease the use of animals in research. In addition, in vitro systems allows for large scale screening of several chemicals and broad concentration gradients, something that is valuable today, when we have several tens of thousands of chemicals in the environment.

My research field until the beginning of my post doc involved oxidative stress in fish and the effects of pro-oxidants on antioxidant enzyme activities and antioxidant levels. Oxidative stress is an important factor in many biological mechanisms such as carcinogenesis, several diseases and aging. It is also an important factor in the field of toxicology and a key mechanism behind xenobiotic dependent damage to the cell. Oxidative stress is a “red thread” that runs through my projects and the work I do.

I’m part of the fish ecotoxicology group and I’m involved in several projects with aquatic ecotoxicology in common. A short description of the projects I’m involved in can be found on the left hand side.


Joachim Sturve

Contact Information

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Box 463, SE- 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Medicinaregatan 18

+46 (0)31- 786 00 00

+ 46 (0)31- 41 67 29

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