Marta Axelstad Petersen

Marta Axelstad Petersen

Senior researcher

Mørkhøj Bygade 19, Building D, Room 214

2860 Søborg


Phone: 35887541

Fax: 35887001

I am a scientist in the reproduction toxicology group. We carry out toxicological studies on rats exposed to endocrine disruptors during development, after which the effects on their reproductive- and nervous system are assessed. Since we know that people are exposed to low doses of multiple endocrine disruptors simultaneously, the endocrine disrupting chemicals are tested both individually and in combination.

  My primary work lies within the planning and execution of these toxicology studies, and subsequent data processing and statistical analysis. In the experiments we investigate the offspring during their whole life cycle, and my expert areas include: study of animal semen quality, and behavioral studies. My PhD project dealt with exposure to endocrine disruptors that affect the thyroid hormone system, and here I have tested a widely used pesticide and a common UV filter for endocrine disrupting effects. Besides my research, I advise the Danish EPA on endocrine disrupters and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration on caffeine.




2006 - 2010 PhD in toxicology - National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark
1995 - 2002 M.Sc. in Biology - University of Copenhagen

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2003 - 2006 research assistant - National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Dept. of Toxicology and Risk Assessment
2006 - 2010 PhD student - National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Dept. of Toxicology and Risk Assessment
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  • Reproductive Toxicology

    ISSNs: 0890-6238, 08906238

    ISSNs (Electronic): 1873-1708

    Elsevier Inc., United States

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 2

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  • Toxicology Letters

    ISSNs: 0378-4274, 03784274

    Elsevier Ireland Ltd, Ireland

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 1

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  • Toxicological Sciences

    ISSNs: 1096-6080

    ISSNs (Electronic): 1096-0929

    Oxford University Press, United Kingdom

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 2

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