Johnston Blair

Johnston Blair

AMI Alumni, BioNanomaterials

Blair Johnston is from Vancouver, Canada. He is a biologist with a background in environmental toxicology in which he received his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver (Burnaby). He started working at the AMI in June 2012 in the BioNanomaterial group of Prof. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser and Prof. Alke Fink studying the bio-nano interactions of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and metallic NPs, particularly with respect to particle uptake at the air-liquid interface (ALICE) and interactions between NPs and biomolecules (proteins, lipids, etc.) during uptake across cell membranes. He joins us from Dr. Wolfgang Kreyling’s nanoparticle dosimetry group at German Research Centre for Environmental Health (Helmholtz Zentrum münchen) in Munich, where he was most recently determining the effects of differential ligand configurations on the formation and composition of the “protein corona” adsorbed to a suite of 5nm gold nanoparticles AuNPs. Prior to Munich, Dr. Johnston worked at the University of Exeter (UK) on the fate and effects of NPs in the aquatic environment, primarily modeling the effects of environmental surface modification on NP uptake in various animal and cell models.

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