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Researcher Spotlight: Aaron Schultz

Get to know the people involved in ARCH-India. From senior experts to early career researchers, learn about their careers, what makes them tick, and how they are collaborating. 

Dr Aaron Schultz is a Lecturer in Animal Biology at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. Dr Schultz conducts independent and collaborative research in environmental and human toxicology, and aquatic animal physiology. He is involved in several collaborative projects with colleagues at the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre, Gurgaon, India.

What are you working on right now? My research group uses a variety of research methods and animal models to assess the toxicity risks of chemicals of emerging concern (e.g. nanomaterials, micro- and nanoplastics and agrichemicals) to aquatic environments and humans. These methods and models are also used to develop safety risk profiles for new nanomaterials being developed as fertilisers for agriculture.

What gets you excited about work? Making new discoveries and playing a small part towards protecting our Blue Planet for future generations to enjoy.

What’s the best part of your work? Mentoring and training the next generation of scientists and researchers, and meeting new people from diverse backgrounds that share my love of science.

What sparked your interest in your field? Since I was a child, I have always loved the outdoors and had a strong fascination for the diverse animals that live in each unique environment.

This love of the outdoors and passion for protecting the environment definitely played a big part in directing my research career towards toxicology. 

What is your favourite place to visit in India/Australia? In India, I enjoy spending time with my students and their families and visiting their favourite local shops and restaurants away from the tourist areas. In Australia, I don’t have one particular favourite place as there are so many incredible national parks, mountain hikes and beaches to explore and enjoy.

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