Maria Hansson

Maria Hansson

Senior Lecturer, Assistant professor, Docent

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My expertise lies in answering questions about how environmental pollutants interact with organisms on a molecular level. By identifying target genes for where toxic responses originate we can make better predictions about resulting effects both on a short and long term scale.

The main objective of research in my laboratory is to understand how environmental pollutants interfere with and change biological processes in organisms from natural, wild populations. Our lab tries to identify which genes are affected by pollutants and how exposure changes their function. Our research is also focused on genetic biodiversity and if specific allelic variants can be linked to observed responses. Our long-term goal is to make prediction about how organisms will adapt to living in a contaminated future world in both water and land environments.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources


  • Molecular Biology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endocrine disrupters
  • Toxicology
  • Baltic Sea
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Pharmaceuticals in the environment
  • pollutants
  • Gene expression
  • Gene-environment interaction
  • Aquatic organisms
  • invertebrates
  • Policy evaluation
  • Swetox
  • microplastics


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