Konstantinos Panagiotidis

Konstantinos Panagiotidis

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Konstantinos Panagiotidis

E-mail Address:

konstantinos.panagiotidis@brunel.ac.uk

Start Year

2020 (Cohort 7)

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PhD Project
PhD Title

Effects of environmental pollution on Molluscan endocrinology

Research Theme

Environmental Hazards and Pollution

Primary Supervisor
Primary Institution

Brunel

Secondary Supervisor
Secondary Institution

Brunel

Abstract

Molluscs make up a large and diverse phylum, second only to Arthropoda in the number of species. They show an incredible variety of size, shape, behaviour, life history and habitat and are vital components of most aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Pollution from agriculture, industry and households can pose a significant threat to mollusc populations. One of the areas of research strength at Brunel University London is research into endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals and how these may impact wildlife and humans. Molluscs are known to be sensitive to endocrine-disrupting pollution. However, surprisingly, compared to other groups of animals (e.g. vertebrates, arthropods, etc.), there are many unknowns and misconceptions about the underlying hormonal systems which control molluscan development, growth and reproduction. Without this understanding, chemicals may continue to enter the environment and harm mollusc populations. Research on molluscan endocrinology (e.g. using molecular grounding) to inform possible mechanisms, endpoints, and biomarkers for inclusion in chemicals regulatory testing guidelines is urgently required. This PhD project will combine computational toxicology and bioinformatic approaches, with molecular/omics, and in vivo assessments, to address critical gaps in endocrinology processes of Molluscs.

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Media

Video Video presentation. Contributors: Konstantinos Panagiotidis

Activities
Conferences and Workshops
  • Joint DTP Conference 2021: “Natural Networks: Connectivity and Inclusivity” (September 2021). Poster: Effects of environmental pollution on Molluscan endocrinology.: https://whova.com/portal/webapp/joint_202108/Artifact/24810/.
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