Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2012
    National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Head of the Laboratory of Environmetal Toxicology, Estonia

  • 2004
    EU Center of Excellence in Environmental Health, Institute of Preventive and Clinical Medicine, Bratislava) professional training courses on Comet Assay techniques, Estonia

  • 1997
    International Training on ecotoxicological bioassays, Institute of Botany, Brno, Czech Republic. Organized by National Water Research Institute, Burlington, Canada

  • 1996
    International ToxKit training course FITA II in RECETOX centre, c.

  • Complete CV

Selected publications

  • Joonas, E., Aruoja, V., Olli, K., Syvertsen-Wiig, G., Vija, H., and Kahru, A.(2017) Potency of (doped) rare earth oxide particles and their constituent metals to inhibit algal growth and induce direct toxic effects, Science of the Total Environment 593-594, 478-486.

  • Bondarenko, O.M., Heinlaan, M., Sihtmäe, M., Ivask, A., Kurvet, I., Joonas, E., Jemec, A., Mannerström, M., Heinonen, T., Rekulapelly, R., Singh, S., Zou, J., Pyykkö, I., Drobne, D., and Kahru, A. (2016) Multilaboratory evaluation of 15 bioassays for (eco)toxicity screening and hazard ranking of engineered nanomaterials: FP7 project NANOVALID, Nanotoxicology 10, 1229-1242.

  • Ivask, A., Kurvet, I., Kasemets, K., Blinova, I., Aruoja, V., Suppi, S., Vija, H., Käkinen, A., Titma, T., Heinlaan, M., Visnapuu, M., Koller, D., Kisand, V., and Kahru, A. (2014) Size-Dependent Toxicity of Silver Nanoparticles to Bacteria, Yeast, Algae, Crustaceans and Mammalian Cells In Vitro, Plos One 9(7): e102108.

  • Bondarenko, O., Juganson, K., Ivask, A., Kasemets, K., Mortimer, M., and Kahru, A. (2013) Toxicity of Ag, CuO and ZnO nanoparticles to selected environmentally relevant test organisms and mammalian cells in vitro: a critical review, Archives of Toxicology 87, 1181-1200.

  • Kahru, A., and Dubourguier, H.-C. (2010) From ecotoxicology to nanoecotoxicology, Toxicology 269, 105-119.

  • Heinlaan, M., Ivask, A., Blinova, I., Dubourguier, H.-C., and Kahru, A. (2008) Toxicity of nanosized and bulk ZnO, CuO and TiO2 to bacteria Vibrio fischeri and crustaceans Daphnia magna and Thamnocephalus platyurus, Chemosphere 71, 1308-1316.

  • Kahru, A., and Põllumaa, L. (2006) Environmental hazard of the waste streams of Estonian oil shale industry: An ecotoxicological review, Oil Shale 23, 53-93.

  • Kahru, A., Tomson, K., Pall, T., and Külm, I. (1996) Study of toxicity of pesticides using luminescent bacteria Photobacterium phosphoreum, Water Science and Technology 33, 147-154.

  • Kahru, A., Ivask, A., Kasemets, K., Põllumaa, L., Kurvet, I., Francois, M., and Dubourguier, H. C. (2005) Biotests and biosensors in ecotoxicological risk assessment of field soils polluted with zinc, lead, and cadmium, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 24, 2973-2982.

  • Kahru, A., and Borchardt, B. (1994) Toxicity of 39 MEIC chemicals to bioluminescent photobacteria (the BIOTOX((TM)) test) – Correlation with other test systems, Atla-Alternatives to Laboratory Animals 22, 147-160.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Complete list projects


Selected projects

  • “Center of Nanomaterials Technologies and Research (NAMUR+)”, a national infrastructure project, 2017 – 2020

  • Nano(eco)toxicology and beyond (ToxBe), National Institutional research project, 2014 – 2019

  • Development of reference methods for hazard identification, risk assessment and LCA of engineered nanomaterials (NANOVALID). EU FP7 project, 2011 – 2015

  • MODeling the EnviRonmental and human health effects of Nanomaterials (MODERN). EU FP7 project, 2013 – 2015

  • Optimized Strategies for Risk assessment of industrial chemicals through integration of non-test and test information (OSIRIS). EU FP6 project, 2007 – 2011

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Estonian Evaluators Board of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship competition, 2017, 2018

  • Vice-Chair of the Scientific Council of National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, since 2014

  • CA COST Action CA15114 Anti-MIcrobial Coating Innovations to prevent infectious diseases, Managing Committee member, 2016 − 2019

  • Member of the Advisory Board of RSC Journal 'Environmental Science: Nano' (IF 5.9), since 2016

  • Managing Guest Editor of the Special Issue of "Toxicology" entitled "Potential Hazard of Nanoparticles: From Properties to Biological and Environmental Effects", 2009 – 2010

  • Member of the Expert group on Women in Research Decision Making (WIRDEM) of the European Commission, 2006 – 2007

  • Estonian Society of Toxicology (founder and current Chair person), since 1997

  • Estonian Society of Microbiology (member), since 1998

Media coverage

  • TEDx Tallinn, invited speaker, Ted-Talk, 2014

  • First Estonian scientist ever interviewed by Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch, 2009

Additional qualifications

  • Research professor of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, 2016 – 2018

  • Has led as Estonian PI several FP6 and FP7 EU projects (OSIRIS, MODERN, NanoValid)

  • Has organised two international conferences: (i) SSCT-ETS conference “Chemicals, human, environment”, 20.-23.Oct. 2005, Toila, Estonia; (ii) SSCT-ETS International Conference in Tallinn, Estonia (1998)

  • Invited speaker in various international conferences

  • Member of the management committee in several COST actions

  • Referee for International projects in Finland and Norway

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Leading the team work, Supervision of the doctoral students

  • Interested in: How to be a good leader, How to promote women in science

  • Interested to promote women in scientific research decision making bodies

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Theater, literature, cinema, music, walks in the forest, swimming in the lakes and sea, cooking, family and company of friends


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