Marta Zofia Axelstad Petersen
  • Kemitorvet, 202, 5211

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby


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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.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in toxicology, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark


M.Sc. in Biology, University of Copenhagen


External positions

PhD student, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark


research assistant, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark



  • User defined:
  • Reproductive toxicity
  • Endocrine disrupters
  • Combination effects
  • Behavioral studies


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