Originally, I’m from Zagreb, Croatia where I attended Zagreb Health School between 2004 and 2008, when I obtained my first profession as a Medical Laboratory Technician. The same year, I began my undergraduate study at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, enrolling in the Geological Engineering. During my studies, I developed a keen interest in Medical Geology, as it represents a ‘combination’ of disciplines I’ve been educated in. For my Master’s thesis, I did research on tailings and soils contaminated by mining activities (Berg Aukas and Tsumeb mines, Namibia), with main aim of research to determine the degree of pollution, environmental risk and bioaccessibility of potentially toxic elements in order to estimate the impact of mining activities on human health. I received my MSc degree in Environmental Geology in 2013. In 2014, I got the opportunity to study for a PhD in medical geology at Durham University, under the guidance of Dr Claire Horwell. So, currently, as part of the VERTIGO ITN, I’m working on a study which experimentally assesses the synergistic effects of simultaneously inhaling anthropogenic pollution and volcanic ash, as well as how volcanic ash toxicity may be altered following interaction with volcanic gases.
Research interests: Currently, my main area of research is health and environmental impacts of volcanic ash, although I’m also interested in impact of mine wastes and, in general, in human bioaccessibility of potentially toxic elements and particle toxicology. My work mostly includes laboratory procedures, eg. leachate analysis (using simulated body fluids).
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