Maria investigates the abundance and the effects of micro- and nanoplastics in organisms destined for human consumption.
Maria holds a BSc degree in Biology and MSc degree in Marine Biology and Ecology from the Lebanese University. In 2016, she started her PhD scholarship program at the University of the Littoral in France and the Lebanese National Center for Marine Sciences. Her thesis focused on passive and active biomonitoring tools for microplastics analysis especially in the Seine Estuary studying mainly the presence of anthropogenic pollutants in bivalves and fish. She was able to develop a new caging technique suitable for microplastics analysis in the natural environment. During her thesis, she was awarded the best poster presentation in two conferences (EurOcean 2019 and ARCUS-E2D2 2018). In December 2019, she got her PhD degree in Environmental and Population Biology, Ecology and started her first post-doctoral research grant with the Laboratoire d’Océanologie et de Géosciences (France) and the Artois-Picardie Water Agency. During this project, Maria was able to investigate microplastics inside various wastewater treatment plants and analyze their efficiency in microplastics retention.
In February 2022, she debuted her second post-doctoral position at the department of Environmental Biology of the Institute of Environmental Sciences.
Maria investigates the impacts of nanoplastics in organisms destined for human consumption. Her research aims to contribute to understanding the nanoplastics potential effects during short and long-term exposure for these organisms via the trophic chain.
Maria’s post-doctoral project is part of the EU funded H2020 project PlasticsFate.
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