Professor Susan Jobling
Professor Jobling is interested in how environmental contaminants affect the health of wildlife and humans. Susan's early work was some of the first to show that degradation products from industrial detergents and phthalate plastic additives could mimic the action of female hormones, and in showing that natural steroid oestrogens and oestrogens from contraceptive pills could feminize fish populations in U.K rivers. This work led to the branding of these and other chemicals as "endocrine disruptors" and catalysed the growth of this area of research. Her drive to continue to make a difference to the environment and society led to her interest in solving global challenges and her current directorship of the Research Institute of Environment, Health and Societies.