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Dr Shanshan Yin holds the position of FWO Junior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Toxicological Centre at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is also an Associate Professor at Zhejiang Shuren University in China. Dr Yin's academic journey began when he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Hubei University of Chinese Medicine in 2007. He then worked for five years as a clinical laboratory technician at Hubei Hospital of Chinese Medicine. Seeking further knowledge, he pursued a Master's degree in Analytical Chemistry at the prestigious South-Central University for Nationalities under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Jie Sun, and successfully graduated in 2015. Driven by his passion for environmental sciences, he embarked on a Ph.D. programme at Zhejiang University, a prominent academic institution in China, under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Weiping Liu, successfully completing his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences in March 2019. After completing his doctorate, he chose to continue his research as a postdoctoral assistant at Zhejiang University, working under Professor Yongchao Liang and Professor Weiping Liu for two years. He then moved to the Interdisciplinary Research Academy of Zhejiang Shuren University, where he first became a Research Associate Professor and eventually became promoted to Associate Professor. In 2020, Dr Yin was awarded a junior postdoctoral fellowship from the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Flanders Research Foundation, FWO, Belgium), an opportunity he has accepted to begin in January 2022. Dr Yin's contributions to science have been demonstrated through the publication of 48 papers in prominent peer-reviewed journals in the field of environmental science and health, including notable publications such as Environment International, Environmental Pollution and Science of the Total Environment. His research expertise is in developing and applying targeted environmental analytical methods. As of May 2023, his scientific work has received over 1000 citations, resulting in an H-index of 20. Among his papers, the highest number of citations for a single publication is 129. Dr Yin has also played an active role as a reviewer for prestigious environmental, analytical and toxicology journals. These include Science of the Total Environment, Environment International, Environmental Science and Technology, Talanta, Food and Chemical Toxicology and Food Chemistry. He is a guest editor for special issues on sustainability and frontiers in nutrition, and an editor for Frontiers in Environmental Chemistry. Dr Yin's research focuses on the following key areas: 1) developing exposure assessment methodologies for environmental chemicals, 2) investigating internal and target site exposure patterns of environmental contaminants in the general population, 3) exploring the mechanisms of trans-barrier transport in humans, and 4) assessing the impact of environmental contaminants on human health through various exposure pathways, such as dietary exposure, dermal contact, and inhalation. His collaborative studies encompass diverse research methodologies, including environmental monitoring, human biomonitoring, in vitro modelling, and in silico simulation. Dr Yin is adept at using gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, supercritical fluid chromatography and mass spectrometry in his analytical work.

Silicone Wristbands as personal ExposurE monitor to Predict the internal exposure to emerging contaminants (SWEEP). 01/11/2020 - 31/10/2025


Emerging contaminants (ECs) are a group of anthropogenic chemicals widely distributed in the environment. These chemicals are of growing concern due to their ubiquitous presence in the environment and potential hazardous effect to humans. Thus, it is critical to investigate the levels and patterns of exposure to ECs in the environment/human to provide a better assessment of the health risks. Since people are exposed to a mixture of complex chemicals in the environment, the assessment of personal exposure is the key to link the external and internal exposure and eventually the health effects. Silicone wristband represents the aggregate personal exposure of multiple exposure pathways, which would be ideal to predict the internal exposure. In this study, we will use the silicone wristbands as sampler to monitor the external exposure to ECs on the individual level, quantify the external and internal exposure concentration and then use a refined model to predict the internal exposure concentrations from the silicone wristband exposure data. We will also use suspect screening techniques to explore and identify new ECs using silicone wristbands to aid future exposure studies. This study aims to provide new insights into the exposure levels and patterns, gain better understanding for the correlation between external and internal exposure and refine and develop a method to predict the internal exposure dose thus simplify the exposure assessment in the general population.


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