ERGO Researcher Profiles

Lisa Baumann

Based in: Heidelberg, Germany
Research areas: Lisa has over 10 years’ experience in endocrine disruption research in fish. She has specialised in aquatic toxicology with focus on endocrine effects and immunotoxicity in fish, mainly zebrafish (Danio rerio). She has special expertise in fish (histo)pathology and developmental toxicity.
Member of ERGO partner: University of Heidelberg (UHEI)
Academic background: In her PhD and Diploma in Biology at UHEI, Lisa started working on endocrine disruption in zebrafish in the context of OECD guidelines. For her postdoctoral research, she developed projects on thyroid disruption in developing zebrafish with focus on consequences on morphology, physiology and behaviour at University of Bern, Switzerland.
Current research and role within ERGO: Lisa is an internationally recognised expert on endocrine disruption in fish. She is currently employed as a research group leader and zebrafish facility manager in the Aquatic Ecology and Toxicology Group of Prof. Dr Thomas Braunbeck at the Centre for Organismal Studies at UHEI. Lisa is the leading UHEI scientist for the experimental work in ERGO’s Work Package (WP) 5. As co-principal investigator for UHEI, she is responsible for the performance and supervision of laboratory work, data analyses and reporting to other WPs. Her major tasks are the organisation of the experimental work, coordination with other ERGO collaborators involved in the in vivo experimental work and the supervision of UHEI BSc, MSc and PhD candidates involved in ERGO.

Jiří Novák

Based in: Brno, Czech Republic

Research areas: Jiří has broad experience in the fields of ecotoxicology of pollutants and their complex mixtures, specific mechanisms of toxicity, in vitro testing and environmental endocrine disruptors. His research focuses on the development and application of tools for the assessment of endocrine disrupting properties of environmental pollutants and complex mixtures associated with various environmental matrices such as ambient and indoor air, dust, water and sediment.

Member of ERGO partner: Masarykova Univerzita (MU)

Academic background: During his PhD and postdoctoral research, Jiří focused mainly on the endocrine disruption potential of model pollutants and environmental mixtures of chemicals studied by a set of mammalian cell-based in vitro bioassays and modeling of the toxic potential of the mixtures based on data from chemical analyses.

Current research role and work within ERGO: Jiří is a junior researcher in the Ecotoxicology research program at the Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX). Within ERGO, Jiří contributes to WP4, he is responsible for the establishment and optimisation of in vitro bioassay set at RECETOX within WP5 and their validation in WP7 as well as performing bioanalysis of model compounds using this set.