Tracking chemical pollutants in your body

About the research

About the research

In our lives, we are exposed to many chemical pollutants such as PFAS or UV filters. These chemicals are used in cosmetics, toys, or food packaging materials. But we don't really understand how they affect the human body because we don't have a clear picture of how they interact in the body. This is why Andrea Rodriguez Carrillo (VITO - UAntwerpen) wants to follow the journey that chemicals take from the moment they enter your body. "This will allow us to understand the population's health better and develop strategies to reduce your exposure to these chemicals."

Andrea Rodriguez Carrillo
UAntwerpen - VITO

"We are all connected, to each other, biologically, to the earth, chemically, to the rest of the universe, atomically". This phrase by Neil deGrasse Tyson made Andrea Rodríguez Carrillo launch into the study of how environmental chemicals alter human health. She is studying the intermediaries between exposure to chemical pollutants and metabolism, reproduction, and neurodevelopment to understand how chemicals alter the human body and therefore prevent disease. 

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