Martin Wagner

Prof. Martin Wagner is an environmental toxicologist at NTNU’s Department for Biology ( He is an expert in evaluating the toxicity of emerging pollutants (e.g., endocrine disruptors) in a broad range of in vitro and in vivo bioassay, effect-directed analysis and the identification of novel pollutants. Currently, he is investigating the environmental sources and impacts of microplastics in a freshwater context. Moreover, he is specifically interested in the leaching of chemicals from plastics, including toys and food packaging. He has co-authored reports on microplastics for UNESCO, the European Commission and Europe’s Chief Science Advisors and is a member of several expert international groups on microplastics. Currently, he is the PI in five research projects on freshwater microplastics.
Within the ENVITOX group at NTNU, the Wagner lab investigates the environmental and health implications of the plastic age. Using a broad range of practical and theoretical approaches, including in vivo and in vitro bioassays, advanced chemical analyses as well as systematic reviews and risk assessment, we tackle the problem holistically and work at the forefront of microplastics research.
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