Professor Jeanette Rotchell

Professor Jeanette Rotchell

Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise

Faculty and Department

  • NS-Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • NS-School of Natural Sciences

Summary

Professor Rotchell's research focuses on the biological effects of environmental contaminants at the molecular level, known as molecular ecotoxicology.

Recent interests have focused on microplastic analyses in different samples, including water and mussels from the environment and supermarket shelves, to microplastics in different types of foodstuffs/beverages, to microplastics in the air within people's homes as well as outdoors, and also in human tissue samples.

Currently funded projects include cancer in fish, endocrine disruption and photoperiod in bivalves, inland waterways sediment characterisation of EU Watch List chemicals, and pharmaceuticals in the Humber Estuary.

Prof Rotchell currently teaches the Final Year module in Ecotoxicology and contributes to a Structured Research Project on Environmental Biochemistry. She also leads modules and delivers projects for the Level 7 Biochemistry programme.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

The contamination of in situ archaeological remains: A pilot analysis of microplastics in sediment samples using μFTIR

Rotchell, J. M., Mendrik, F., Chapman, E., Flintoft, P., Panter, I., Gallio, G., …Schofield, J. (2024). The contamination of in situ archaeological remains: A pilot analysis of microplastics in sediment samples using μFTIR. The Science of the total environment, 914, Article 169941. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.169941

Insights into technical challenges in the field of microplastic pollution through the lens of early career researchers (ECRs) and a proposed pathway forward

Danopoulos, E., Stanton, T., Ma, Y., Horton, A. A., Chen, Q., Levermore, J. M., …Nel, H. A. (2023). Insights into technical challenges in the field of microplastic pollution through the lens of early career researchers (ECRs) and a proposed pathway forward. Frontiers in Earth Science, 11, Article 1271547. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2023.1271547

Mixtures of sediment chemical contaminants at freshwater sampling sites across Europe with different contaminant burdens

Richardson, S., Mayes, W. M., Faetsch, S., Hetjens, H., Teuchies, J., Walker, P., …Heise, S. (2023). Mixtures of sediment chemical contaminants at freshwater sampling sites across Europe with different contaminant burdens. The Science of the total environment, 891, Article 164280. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.164280

Detection of microplastics in human saphenous vein tissue using μFTIR: a pilot study

Rotchell, J. M., Jenner, L. C., Chapman, E., Bennett, R., Bolanle, I. O., Loubani, M., …Palmer, T. (2023). Detection of microplastics in human saphenous vein tissue using μFTIR: a pilot study. PLoS ONE, 18(2), Article e0280594. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0280594

Outdoor Microplastic Analysis Using Inlet Filters from an NOx Regulatory Air Quality Monitoring Device

Jenner, L. C., Kureshi, R. R., White, D., Chapman, E., Sadofsky, L. R., & Rotchell, J. M. (2022). Outdoor Microplastic Analysis Using Inlet Filters from an NOx Regulatory Air Quality Monitoring Device. Atmosphere, 13(12), Article 2017. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos13122017

Research interests

Environmental Toxicology

Genotoxicology

Endocrine Disruption in Bivalves

Microplastics in Different Media (Organisms - including humans, Water, Sediments, Air, and Food)

Prof Rotchell led the EU North Sea Region Interreg project Sullied Sediments.

https://northsearegion.eu/sullied-sediments/

She works with many external collaborators at other universities worldwide as well as regulatory authorities, and local government colleagues.

Lead investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Analytical techniques to isolate and characterize microplastics from environmental and biological samples

Funder

British Council

Grant

£21,600.00

Started

1 January 2020

Status

Complete

Project

Molecular and functional characterisation of endocrine disruption in marine invertebrates

Funder

Royal Society

Grant

£6,065.00

Started

5 February 2018

Status

Complete

Project

Interreg - Sullied Sediments

Funder

EC European Commission

Grant

£279,657.00

Started

1 January 2017

Status

Complete

Project

Development of the first global standard for airborne microplastic monitoring

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£71,120.00

Started

1 November 2022

Status

Complete

Project

NERC: Supporting Interdisciplinarity in Discovery Science 2022

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£14,197.00

Started

1 October 2022

Status

Complete

Co-investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

A Pioneering, Near-Zero-Carbon and All-Climate-Adaptive Air Conditioning System Using Atmospheric Latent Heat and Natural Light Energy

Funder

EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Grant

£814,323.00

Started

1 September 2023

Status

Ongoing

Project

Investigating the carcinogenic and epigenetic modulating effects of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances in breast cancer development

Funder

Breast Cancer UK

Grant

£99,272.00

Started

1 January 2024

Status

Ongoing

Project

nutrient analysis on Winestead Drain (EA partnership)

Funder

Environment Agency

Grant

£8,794.00

Started

25 January 2022

Status

Complete

Project

Microplastics: Exploring the Role of Microplastics in Lung Disease.

Funder

Help for Health

Grant

£24,842.00

Started

1 January 2023

Status

Complete

Project

nutrient analysis on Winestead Drain (EA partnership) 2

Funder

Environment Agency

Grant

£19,972.00

Started

1 September 2022

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

Environmental Toxicology

Completed PhDs

Sarah Letsinger. Pharmaceuticals in UK Estuaries. 2019. Joint with Dr Paul Kay at University of Leeds.

Jiana Li, Microplastics in marine mussels. 2019. Joint with prof. Huahong Shi at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

Jingmin Zhu, Endocrine Disruption Mechanisms in Xenopus and Bivalves. Prof Huahong Shi as Principal Supervisor, East China Normal University, Shanghai.

Noor Arniwati Mat Daud, Yeast as a Novel Biosensor for Cadmium Exposure. 2018.

Zeinab Arabayyet. Biological effects of nanomaterials in fish. 2017.

Janine Waege. pH-induced impacts in the marine worm Platynereis dumerilii. 2016.

Ohoud AlAmri. Biological effects of ionising radiation in bivalves. 2010.

Elena Cubero Leon. Metabolomic and molecular approaches for studying endocrine disruption in mussel. 2009.

Patricia Nogueira. Molecular markers of DNA damage in fish. 2009.

Frances DuCorbier. DNA damage in Fish. 2006.

Current PhD supervisions

Emma Chapman, Photoperiod Mechanisms in Bivalves

As co-supervisor:

Wayne Duffus, Characterisation of Inland Waterway Sediments. Dr Will Mayes as Principal Supervisor and Drs Kevin Welham and Paul Kay (Leeds) also Co-Supervisors.

Samantha Richardson, Development of Dipstick Technology for Selected EU Watch List Chemicals. Profs. Nicole Pamme and Mark Lorch as Principal Supervisors.

Aimilia Meichanetzoglou, Development of Modifies Spores for EU Watch List Chemical Removal, Dr Andrew Boa as Principal Supervisor and Dr Nik Kapur as Co-supervisor (Leeds).

Lauren Jenner. Microplastics in the air and impacts in human lungs, Dr Laura Sadofsky as Principal Supervisor (HYMS)

Evan Danopoulos. Emerging enviornmental contaminants and human health, Dr Maureen Twiddy as Principal Supervisor (HYMS)

Vasiliki Papachristofi. Emerging environmental contaminants and reproduction health, Dr Roger Sturmey as Principal Supervisor (HYMS)

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