Dr. Fabian Balk

Dr. Fabian Balk


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Büro FX E23
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf

Tasks at the Ecotox Centre

  • Planning and implementation of projects on risk assessment
  • Planning, implementation of and assistance in user and continuing education courses

Areas of Expertise

  • Mixture toxicity
  • Bioaccumulation
  • Fish cell cultures
  • Toxicokinetic modeling
  • Chemical analysis (mass spectrometry, chromatography)


  • Since 2023

    Risk Assessor at the Ecotox Centre

  • 2019 - 2023

    PhD (EPFL/Eawag) Topic: The bioaccumulation of ionizable organic substances in fish cell lines

  • 2018

    Master thesis, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University. Main topics:
    - Estimation and importance of exposure pathways to perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS),
    perfluorohexanesulfonate (PFHxS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) of infants and young children
    - Modelling the uptake and serum concentration of PFOS, PFHxS and PFOA in infants and young children

  • 2015 - 2018

    Master in Environmental Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden

  • 2012 - 2015

    Bachelor in Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Aachen, Germany


  • Balk, F., Hüsser, B., Hollender, J., & Schirmer, K. (2024). Bioconcentration assessment of three cationic surfactants in permanent fish cell lines. Environmental Science and Technology, 2024(58), 1452-1461. doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.3c05360 , Institutional Repository
  • Balk, F., Hollender, J., & Schirmer, K. (2023). Investigating the bioaccumulation potential of anionic organic compounds using a permanent rainbow trout liver cell line. Environment International, 174, 107798 (13 pp.). doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2023.107798 , Institutional Repository
  • Balk, F., Schmitz, M., Benner, L., & Bitter, K. (2021). YES2021: Making virtually the best out of social distance. SETAC Globe, 22(5) (5 pp.). Retrieved from https://globe.setac.org/yes2021-making-virtually-the-best-out-of-social-distance/ , Institutional Repository
  • Balk, F. G. P., Winkens Pütz, K., Ribbenstedt, A., Gomis, M. I., Filipovic, M., & Cousins, I. T. (2019). Children's exposure to perfluoroalkyl acids – a modelling approach. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, 21(11), 1875-1886. doi.org/10.1039/C9EM00323A , Institutional Repository