Radiation impact - 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.