Anna Beronius

Anna Beronius

Senior research specialist

About me

I am an Associate Professor and researcher at the Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) at Karolinska Institutet. I received by Master's degree in Toxicology from KI in 2006 and my PhD degree at KI in 2013. 

I conduct my research in the science-to-policy interface, focusing on developing and improving methodology for regulatory risk assessment of chemicals and especially to minimize human health risks from endocrine disruptors (EDs) and chemical mixtures. One overarching aim is to bridge the gap between academic research and regulatory decision-making. My specific interest is next generation assessment of EDs, which maximizes the use of mechanistic data from novel toxicity test methods to ensure human relevance and protection of human health while reducing the need for animal testing. My research entails scrutiny of chemicals legislation, regulatory requirements, and decision-making processes, as well as development and application of science-based risk assessment methodology, such as methods for weight of evidence evaluation and Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOP). I lead and am involved in several national and international research projects, including the European Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC) and projects funded by Formas and EFSA. I am also one of the developers of the Science in Risk Assessment and Policy (SciRAP) initiative.

I teach at Karolinska Institutet and other universities and institutions on the topics of EDs and risk assessment methodologies. I am especially involved with the Master's Programme in Toxicology at Karolinska Institutet, where I am Deputy Programme Director and responsible for the course in Health Risk Assessment. I am also involved in organizing courses in health risk assessment and assessment of EDs on the PhD-level at KI, as well as training for professionals at national and European authorities, such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Apart from my research and teaching activities, I am also involved in various expert assignments at IMM to support national and international agencies and organisations in the area of hazard and risk assessment.