Dr. Cornelia Kienle

Dr. Cornelia Kienle


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Ecotox Centre
Büro BU F18
Überlandstrasse 133
CH-8600 Dübendorf

Tasks at the Ecotox Centre

  • Supervision of various applied projects
  • Evaluation and development of appropriate in vitro and in vivo test systems for the monitoring and protection of aquatic ecosystems
  • Sample preparation and application of various bioassays (in vivo and in vitro) (e.g. suites of bioassays)
  • Planning, implementation of and assistance in user and continuing education courses
  • Interaction with stakeholders

Areas of Expertise

  • Aquatic ecology: freshwater and marine ecosystems
  • Aquatic ecotoxicology: 
    • in vitro tests (e.g. suite of bioassays) and in vivo tests with aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates (fish)
    • Effects of multiple (abiotic and biotic) stressors
    • Biomonitoring
    • Biochemical biomarkers (e.g. AChE, Hsp)
  • Training in “special ecotoxicology” (SETAC-GLB)
  • Teaching experience in ecology, ecotoxicology and risk assessment


  • since 2008

    Scientist in aquatic ecotoxicology at the Ecotox Centre

  • 2006 - 2009

    Doctorate (University of Tübingen, Department of Physiological Ecology of Animals, Germany)
    Title : “Toxicity of environmental chemicals and their mixtures to selected aquatic organisms – behaviour, development and biochemistry"

  • 2005

    Diploma Thesis (University of Bremen, Department of General and Theoretical Ecology)
    Title: “Effect of different contaminants and contaminant combinations on the behaviour and vitality of early life stages of the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) with and without additional environmental stress)"

  • 2002 - 2005

    Biology, Main Course at the University of Bremen (Germany) (emphasis: ecology, marine biology, geography)

  • 2000 - 2002

    Biology, Basic Course at the University of Constance (Germany)