Solomon AsnakeTitle: Researcher School/office: School of Science and Technology
Phone: +46 19 303317
About Solomon Asnake
Solomon Asnake (PhD) is a researcher at the school of Science and Technology. Dr. Asnake has a background in molecular biology, toxicology and molecular modelling. He performed his doctoral and Post-doctoral studies at Örebro University.
Solomon Asnake´s research focuses on understanding the toxicity of metals while considering the different physio-chemical properties of water. These different physio-chemical parameters such as pH, dissolved organic carbon (DOC), alkalinity, hardness, and Ca, Mg, Na and K concentrations affect the bioavailability of metals and therefore a full understanding of the effects on these variables is necessary. Two aquatic species, Daphnia magna (invertebrate) and zebrafish (vertebrate) are used as model systems to study the different biological responses. Tools such as qPCR based gene expression and transcriptomic analysis are used to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in specific biological processes. The results obtained from this project will aid in improving basic risk assessment by refining and developing protocols for testing different metals in relation to water quality parameters.
Dr. Asnake is the course coordinator for the drug development course in biology. He teaches students at the bachelors level.