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    Prof. Dr. agr. habil. Elke Dopp  

University Duisburg-Essen
Medical Faculty

Hygiene and Occupational Medicine / Toxicology

Hufelandstrasse 55
45122 Essen


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Scientist and Lecturer in Hygiene and Environmental Health at University Duisburg-Essen,

Global Regulatory Toxicologist at Covestro AG, Germany

Consultant to Toxicology division at IWW Mülheim a.d. Ruhr

2010 Professorship (apl. Prof.) at the Medical Faculty of University of Duisburg-Essen
2005 Venia legendi for “Hygiene and Environmental Medicine" at Medical Faculty of University Essen, Germany
2001-2002 Habilitation, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Rostock, Germany
1990-1992 Ph.D., Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Rostock, Germany
1985-1990 Diploma, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Rostock, Germany
2015-present Global Regulatory Toxicologist at Covestro AG, Germany
2012-2015 Global Product Stewardship for Nanomaterials at Bayer Material Sciences in Leverkusen
2000-2012 Scientist and Lecturer at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute of Hygiene and Occupational Health, Head of the Division "In vitro- and Molecular Toxicology"
04/1999-02/2000 Visiting scientist at the University of Essen, Institute of Hygiene and Occupational Health
04/1998-12/2000 Habilitandin (german status to qualify as a university lecturer) Department of Biology, University of Rostock, Germany
10/1998-12/1998 Visiting scientist at the University of Calgary, Department of Pathology, Canada
08/1995-12/1995 Visiting scientist at the University of Riverside, Department of Entomology, USA
07/1994-08/1994 Visiting scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA
10/1993-04/1998 Post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Department of Biology, University of Rostock, Germany
01/1993-10/1993 Representative leader of a laboratory for genome analysis of cattle embryos, Embryotransfer station in Gnewitz (Mecklenburg/Vorpommern), Germany

2010                     Award at the 26th Symposium of the Society of Mineralogy and Trace Elements in Leipzig, Germany, for our work on

                            Biotransformation and genotoxic effects of arsenic [MMA(III)] in human cells

2010                     Award at Water2010 for our work on Influence of copper ions on viability of bacteria in drinking water

2008                     Award at DGAUM, Aachen, for our work on Cellular effects of Toner particles

2007                     Award at EnTox-Symposium, Dortmund, for our work on Ultrafine titanium dioxide particles

1998-2000             Habilitation Scholarship of the Federal Government (M/V), Germany

1998                     Boehringer/Ingelheim Research Scholarship

1995                     DAAD Research Scholarship




2014-2016 Estrogenic compounds in hospital waste water, MUNLV
2010-2013 Erkennung, Risiko und Bekämpfung von vorübergehend unkultivierbaren Pathogenen in der Trinkwasser-Installation, BMBF 
2008-2010 Analysis of early genomic changes in the genome of arsenic-exposed human urothelial cells (Dopp, Johnen, Hirner), DFG, DO 332/8-1
2003-2005 Genotoxicity of metal(loid)organic compounds in human cells (Hartwig, Dopp, Rettenmeier), project within the research group "Metal(loid)organic compounds in the environment" at the University of Essen (DFG)
2002-2005 Genotoxicity of quartz-containing particles (DFG, DO 332/3-1)
2001-2003 Research Group: "Metal(oid) organic compounds in the environment", Genotoxicity of metal(oid) organic compounds in vivo and in vitro (DFG, Project number: FOR 415/1-1)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Arbeits- und Umweltmedizin (DGAUM)
  • Gesellschaft für Umwelt- und Mutationsforschung (GUM)
  • European Environmental Mutagen Society (EEMS)
  • European Tissue Culture Society (ETCS)
  • Gesellschaft für Zell- und Gewebezüchtung (GZG)

Lecturer in Environmental Hygiene at the Medical Faculty of the University Duisburg-Essen

Advisor for Bachelor-, Master- and PhD students

2012-2020 Lecturer in Environmental Toxicology at the Faculty of Biology, University Duisburg-Essen
2005-2010 Lecturer in Toxicology at the Medical Faculty of the  University Düsseldorf, Germany
2001-2012 Lecturer and teacher in student courses for medical students in Occupational Hygiene, Medical Faculty of University Essen 
Advisor for Diploma-, Master-, Bachelor and PhD-students


Teaching assistant in Cell biology for 3. and 4. year students of Biology at the University of Rostock
Advisor for Diploma- and PhD students





  • Actively engaged in the research of chemical, biochemical and molecular aspects of the toxicity of occupational and environmental pollutants (airborne particulates, fibers, organometalloids, environmental estrogens and other) since 1993
  1. Cell culture
  2. Genetic Toxicology
  3. Biomarkers for human risk assessment analysis









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