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Academic interests

I am an ecotoxicologist, with expertise in assessing biological effects of contamination in aquatic environments. My research is oriented towards the study of particulate contaminants: metal/metal-oxide nanoparticles and microplastics. My expertise lies in assessing contaminant impacts at the cellular, organ and individual levels, using various toxicity markers: DNA damage, biochemical markers, energy budget, teratogenicity, behavior and functional markers of impact at the ecosystem level. I also have expertise in nanoparticle and microplastic characterization and determination of their uptake and distribution. My expertise also lies in the study of trophic chains and microcosm studies in environmentally relevant conditions.

I am currently working on the ecotoxicity of microplastics in marine environment (EPHEMARE project), with a focus on benthic organisms.



  • Léopold Escande Award 2015, for the INP’s (Polytechnic National Institue) best PhD theses (10%)


Positions held

  • 2016: Researcher, Dpt of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2015: Research assistant, EcoLab, France
  • 2015: PhD in Environmental Sciences
  • 2011-2015: PhD student, EcoLab (Laboratory of Functional Ecology and Environment), France
  • 2011: Research assistant, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture, France
  • 2010: Research assistant, University of Calgary, Canada
  • 2009: Research assistant, National Institute of Health and Medical Research, France


Tags: Microplastic, Nanoparticles, Ecotoxicology


Bour, A., Mouchet, F., Cadarsi, S., Silvestre, J., Baqué, D., Gauthier, L., Pinelli, E., 2017. CeO2 nanoparticle fate in environmental conditions and toxicity on a freshwater predator species: a microcosm study. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 24, 17081–17089. doi:10.1007/s11356-017-9346-1

Bour, A., Mouchet, F., Cadarsi, S., Silvestre, J., Chauvet, E., Bonzom, J.-M., Pagnout, C., Clivot, H., Gauthier, L., Pinelli, E., 2016a. Impact of CeO2 nanoparticles on the functions of freshwater ecosystems: a microcosm study. Environ. Sci. Nano 3, 830–838. doi:10.1039/C6EN00116E

Bour, A., Mouchet, F., Cadarsi, S., Silvestre, J., Verneuil, L., Baqué, D., Chauvet, E., Bonzom, J.-M., Pagnout, C., Clivot, H., Fourquaux, I., Tella, M., Auffan, M., Gauthier, L., Pinelli, E., 2016b. Toxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles on a freshwater experimental trophic chain: A study in environmentally relevant conditions through the use of mesocosms. Nanotoxicology 10, 245–255. doi:10.3109/17435390.2015.1053422

Bour, A., Mouchet, F., Silvestre, J., Gauthier, L., Pinelli, E., 2015a. Environmentally relevant approaches to assess nanoparticles ecotoxicity: A review. J. Hazard. Mater. 283, 764–777. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.10.021

Bour, A., Mouchet, F., Verneuil, L., Evariste, L., Silvestre, J., Pinelli, E., Gauthier, L., 2015b. Toxicity of CeO2 nanoparticles at different trophic levels – Effects on diatoms, chironomids and amphibians. Chemosphere 120, 230–236. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.07.012

Nain, S., Bour, A., Chalmers, C., Smits, J.E.G., 2011. Immunotoxicity and disease resistance in Japanese quail (Corturnix coturnix japonica) exposed to malathion. Ecotoxicol. Lond. Engl. 20, 892–900. doi:10.1007/s10646-011-0657-6

Viret, C., Lamare, C., Guiraud, M., Fazilleau, N., Bour, A., Malissen, B., Carrier, A., Guerder, S., 2011. Thymus-specific serine protease contributes to the diversification of the functional endogenous CD4 T cell receptor repertoire. J. Exp. Med. 208, 3–11. doi:10.1084/jem.20100027

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