Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Iseult Lynch (IL) is a Lecturer in Environmental Nanoscience at the School of Geography, earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. IL is a biophysical chemist specialising in understanding the interface between nanomaterials (NMs) and the environment (abiotic and biotic components) and how this determines NMs’ ultimate fate and behaviour. She is actively involved in research to elucidate the mechanisms involved in toxicity of NMs, including the pioneering studies regarding the nanoparticle-protein corona, for which she received the US National Academy of Sciences Cozzarelli Prize for 2007 (along with her co-authors) and NM-induced protein fibrillation. Since moving to University of Birmingham in March 2013, she has been developing the approaches for assessment of interactions of engineered nanoparticles with environmentally relevant macromolecules such as humic substances, which are much less well understood than proteins, and exuded biomolecules from living organisms. She has acted as a government advisor on nanosafety and has played a major role in coordinating research on the safety of NMs at European level, including Chairing EU NanoSafety Cluster Working Groups on Hazard, Databases, and Dissemination (www.nanosafetycluster.eu) over the last 5 years, and co-editing the EU Nanosafety Cluster Research Roadmap for 2020. Her work has featured in both peer reviewed and popular literature, and has been cited over 6,500 times leading to a h-index of 35. IL’s research is funded in large part by the European Commission including a Marie Curie Career Integration Award (EcofriendlyNano), FP7 projects NanoMILE and FutureNanoNeeds and H2020 project NanoFASE.