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About me

I am a molecular biologist leading the reserach team "Epigenetic Toxicology" at the academic research center Swetox. I am also part of Prof. Tomas Ekström's group at the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) . 

Education

  • Diploma in Biochemistry, University of Zürich (1994-1999)
  • MSc in Neuroscience, University of Edinburhg (1999-2000)
  • PhD, Ludwig Maximilian University München, (2000-2004)

Research description

I am interested in the question if and how early life exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) affects susceptibility to later life diseases such as obesity or neurodevelopmental diseases like ADHD. To understand this connection between early life exposures and later life diseases, I am focusing on epigenetic effects of EDCs. 

My research addresses

  • Molecular mechanisms underlying epigenetic effects of EDCs
  • Links between exposure-induced epigenetic changes to adverse health outcomes in humans, and
  • Development of novel methods to test chemicals for their potential to induce epigenetic changes.

My research is embedded into larger national and international collaborative projects, including the Swedish EDC-2020 project funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas and the Horizon 2020 research and innovation action EDC-MixRisk, for which I am deputy coordinator.

More details about my research and current projects can be found on the Swetox homepage: http://swetox.se/forskning/joelle-ruegg/

Teaching portfolio

  • Supervisor of Master and PhD students
  • Course organiser for and teacher in a practical course on Epigenetic Methods for PhD students at KI
  • Lecturer at different levels on the topics of epigenetics and EDCs at KI, Uppsala University, Karlstad University
  • Tutor for Problem-based learning in Toxicology at KI

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I am a molecular biologist leading the reserach team "Epigenetic Toxicology" at the academic research center Swetox. I am also part of Prof. Tomas Ekström's group at the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) . 

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