Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)
NILU is an independent research foundation. It is one of the leading European institutes in environmental research and has several national roles related to aspects of environmental pollution. The institution gives expertise in ISO/CEN committees in Nanotechnology and has members on the ISO Committees for Standards Norway. The laboratories for inorganic and organic analysis are accredited according to EN/ISO/IEC 17025. Health Effects Lab is under accreditation for GLP in in vitro toxicology. NILU’s laboratories for organic trace element analysis in environmental samples are today the largest trace element analytical chemistry laboratories in Norway. The institute conducts approximately 250 projects every year for government, industry and national and international organizations and is successful in obtaining scientific grants; coordinating and is participating in many ongoing EU-funded projects.
Infrastructure: The Health Effects Laboratory comprises of Biochemistry, Molecular toxicology and Cell Culture laboratories with standard facilities such as a laminar flow cabinet, CO2 thermostats, several centrifuges, light microscopes, NANOSIGHT, fluorescence microscopes (LEICA, OLYMPUS, ZEISS), two semi-automated image analysis systems Perceptive and METASYSTEM, confocal microscope LCM700 with cell culture chamber and CO2, electrophoresis, PCR, RT-PCR, ELISA plate reader, liquid nitrogen, deep freezers and other facilities. The group has access to electron microscopy, and to Environmental Scanning Electron microscope technology (FEG-ESEM) and at NILU chemistry lab to (GC/HRMS, HPLC/HRMS-TOF, HPLC/HR-ICP-MS, TOA-TOT).
Fields of scientific interest
My major interests are in the area of human toxicology
Dr Dusinska is coordinating the sFP7 NanoTEST project (www.nanotest-fp7.eu) aiming to develop biomarkers and toxicity tests for nanomaterial used in medical application. She is also a Work Package leader of NanoImpactNet (www.nanoimpactnet.eu) – a European platform for studying impact of NPs on human health and environment; partner in QNano – infrastructure in nanomaterial safety and development of standards, and has Marie Curie grants NanOMEGA and NanoTOES. Her group consists of three senior scientists, one postdoc, one junior scientist, 3 PhD students and QA personel.