Assessing Impact of Ionising Radiations on Molluscs

Assessing Impact of Ionising Radiations on Molluscs  

Emily Vernon


Adopting an integrated approach and working in an interdisciplinary environment, this studentship will aim to apply a range of biological and analytical tools to assess the impact of ionising radiations on bivalve species (freshwater and marine). Following exposure of the organisms to a range of radionuclides of differing emission characteristics, a series of laboratory assays will be used to investigate the responses. Particular emphasis will be given to determination the induction of DNA damage, expression of key genes and their knock-on effects at higher levels of biological organisation. Following laboratory-based studies, it is aimed to determine the radiation responses in samples collected from contaminated environments.