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Barbara joined the BioNanomaterials research group at the Adolphe Merkle Institute as a post-doctoral research fellow in 2016. She has been working on a research project on the assessment of human respiratory hazard of nanomaterials using an advanced 3-D human lung model. In collaboration with the researchers from the Graphene Flagship Core partner EMPA (The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) she has been studying the potential hazard of graphene and related materials, nebulized onto the lung model via the aerosolization system.
Barbara’s scientific enthusiasm lies in the real-life simulation of inhaled nanomaterials into human lungs and the potential effects that nanomaterials may cause upon contact with biological systems.
In January 2017, she obtained a two-year post-doctoral research project grant by the Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation for the advancement of Life Sciences, 2017.
Prior to this position, she was engaged at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in the Nanobiology and Nanotoxicology research group where she completed her undergraduate biology studies and obtained a PhD in nanoscience.