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Dr Edwin Routledge
Honorary Reader

Heinz Wolff 001A


I am a molecular endocrinologist and aquatic ecotoxicologist with an interest in the effects of endocrine active chemicals on aquatic wildlife.  I am also active in research to protect humans from diseases associated with exposure to biological contaminants in freshwater, including legionella (pathogenic bacteria) and schistosomiasis (parasitic disease) - see my grants for more details. I have published over 30 papers that have been collectively cited over 5500 times.  I am programme leader for the Masters in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design which aims to provide entrepreneurial students with the skills and mind-set to help build a sustainable future; one that is environmentally responsible and socially inclusive.  I teach a number of subjects at Masters level, including Ecology, Sustainability, and Toxicology (Endocrine Disruption). 


  • 2001-2003 Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • 1998 Doctorate of Philosophy Title: Identification, Quantification and Assessment of Oestrogenic Chemicals in Sewage-Treatment Work Effluents. Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex
  •  1993 Bachelor of Science Degree II (i) BSc – Honours in Applied Biology Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex


  • 08/20 – Present:  Division Lead for Environmental Sciences
  • 08/14 – Present:  PGR Academic Lead (Environmental Sciences Division)
  • 10/14 – Present:   Reader in Aquatic Toxicology


Environmental science, sustainability and toxicology teaching and dissertation supervision (MSc and UG Levels)

Programme Lead:  Masters in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design

Programme Lead:  Masters in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design (with Professional Development)

PGR Academic Lead for Environmental Sciences - PGR student recruitment and PGR training workshops

PhD Supervision and RDA duties

Member of Environmental Sub-Committee

Research on water quality (chemicals, parasites and pathogens)

Newest selected publications

Renner, KO., Foster, HA., Routledge, EJ. and Scrimshaw, MD. (2021) 'A Comparison of Different Approaches for Characterizing Microplastics in Selected Personal Care Products'. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 41 (4). pp. 880 - 887. ISSN: 0730-7268 Open Access Link

Journal article

Lawton, E., Antczak, P., Walker, S., Germain-Cripps, E., Falciani, F. and Routledge, EJ. (2021) 'An investigation into the biological effects of indirect potable reuse water using zebrafish embryos'. Science of the Total Environment, 789. pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 0048-9697 Open Access Link

Journal article

Baynes, A., Pino, GM., Duong, GH., Lockyer, AE., McDougall, C., Jobling, S. and et al. (2019) 'Early embryonic exposure of freshwater gastropods to pharmaceutical 5α-reductase inhibitors results in a surprising open-coiled “banana-shaped” shell'. Scientific Reports, 9 (1). pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 2045-2322 Open Access Link

Journal article

Peter, A. and Routledge, EJ. (2018) 'Present-day monitoring underestimates the risk of exposure to pathogenic bacteria from cold water storage tanks'. PLoS ONE, 13 (4). pp. 1 - 21. ISSN: 1932-6203 Open Access Link

Journal article

Hettwer, K., Jähne, M., Frost, K., Giersberg, M., Kunze, G., Trimborn, M., et al. (2017) 'Validation of Arxula Yeast Estrogen Screen assay for detection of estrogenic activity in water samples: Results of an international interlaboratory study'. Science of the Total Environment, 621. pp. 612 - 625. ISSN: 0048-9697 Open Access Link

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