To directly investigate toxic effects of polluted waters on fish and other aquatic organisms in the field, a mobile trailer artificial stream system is being developed for the Toxicology Centre.
Our brand new laboratories are equipped with prime instrumentation to detect organic and inorganic chemicals and metabolites toxic to wildlife and humans. Analyical techniques involve gas (AutoSpec S High Resolution gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer, Agilent Quadrupole GC/MS systems) and liquid (Quadrupole T-o-F Mass Spectrometer, SCIEX ZTriple Quadrupole LC/MS/MS, Quadrupole LC/MS, DIONEX Ion Chromatography systems, HPLC) chromatography, UV/visible spectrophotometry, atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS), inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), to name but a few. Instrumentation is specifically being used for the analysis of dioxins, perfluorinated compounds, drugs, personal care products, hormones, pesticides, herbicides, metals, and natural toxins.
The biochemistry and molecular facilities are capable of doing just about any type of biochemistry and molecular work used on the toxicology field. They have the equipment (centrifuges, water baths, incubators, etc.) and capacity to run anything from gel electrophoresis and western blotting to ELISA's and enzyme activity (EROD, MROD and Aromatase).