Mélanie Lauria is a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES) at Stockholm University. She studies the chemistry of environmental contaminants, including their origins, how they transform and the possible exposure risks.
Mélanie uses chromatography and high-resolution mass spectrometry to interrogate potential sources of contamination in the environment. She is currently focusing on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and their precursors, looking at materials that could release PFAS into the environment through production methods, use or disposal.
Mélanie received both her bachelor's degree and her master’s degree in Forensic Science from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. She spent time in Australia developing a screening test for synthetic opioids, and then performing drug analyses on plasma and urine for the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory. Mélanie is currently an Early Stage Researcher with the Innovative Training Network (ITN) PER and polyfluorinated alkyl substances towards the Future Of Research and its Communication in Europe 3 (PERFORCE3) project at Stockholm University.
“We know in the manufacturing of plastics and wrapper materials PFAS are used frequently. It is actually one of the major uses of PFAS”