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Dr Sibylle Ermler
Lecturer in Biosciences (Endocrinology and Metabolism)


Sibylle Ermler is a Lecturer in Biosciences (Endocrinology and Metabolism) in the Department of Life Sciences. She joined Brunel as a Research Fellow in Human Toxicology. She has expertise in the impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and genotoxicants on human and environmental health. Her research focuses on metabolic disorders and obesity, with additional interest in male and female reproductive health, and the developmental origins of health and disease. Furthermore, she is an expert in mixture toxicology with an interest in the translation of (mixture-) toxicology into chemical risk assessment. Sibylle’s research has a focus on the development and application of novel in vitro approaches with the aim of creating human relevant models for human disease, and reducing the requirement for animal testing. Additional interdisciplinary research interests include the impact of climate change on food systems and on human development and health.

University positions

2022-current:Lecturer in Biosciences (Endocrinology and Metabolism), Life Sciences, Brunel University London

2011-2022: Research Fellow, Life Sciences, Brunel University London

2007-2011: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Toxicology, UCL School of Pharmacy, London


2006: Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) Faculty of Biosciences, Ruperto-Carola University, Heidelberg, Germany. Thesis title: “The Role of the Telomeric Repeat Binding Factor 2 (TRF2) in Normal and Tumour Cells”, conducted at the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany

2001: Dipl. Ing. Environmental and Chemical engineering/Biotechnology, Furtwangen University, Germany. Dissertation title: “Development of a Genotoxicity Assay for High Throughput Screening”, conducted at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, UK; Awarded with the “Aesculap prize for a particularly innovative diploma thesis at the University of Applied Sciences Furtwangen with an industry-relevant topic“


2021-2022 : Elected Member of Senate (Researchers' Representative)

Newest selected publications

Poore, K., Pedersen, M. and Ermler, S. (2022) 'Environmental Exposures in Early Life: Effects of Air Pollution, Chemicals and Climate Change on Human Health and Wellbeing', in Poston, L., Godfrey, K., Gluckman, SP. and Hanson, M. (eds.) Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. , [2nd ed.]. pp. 56 - 65. ISBN 10: 1-009-27225-X. ISBN 13: 978-1-009-27225-4.

Book chapter

Kortenkamp, A., Scholze, M., Ermler, S., Priskorn, L., Jørgensen, N., Andersson, A-M. and et al. (2022) 'Combined exposures to bisphenols, polychlorinated dioxins, paracetamol, and phthalates as drivers of deteriorating semen quality'. Environment International, 165. pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 0160-4120 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ermler, S. and Kortenkamp, A. (2022) 'Declining semen quality and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs): Review of the literature to support the derivation of a reference dose for a mixture risk assessment'. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 242. pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 1438-4639 Open Access Link

Journal article

Kortenkamp, A., Martin, O., Ermler, S., Baig, A. and Scholze, M. (2022) 'Bisphenol A and declining semen quality: A systematic review to support the derivation of a reference dose for mixture risk assessments'. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 241. pp. 113942 - 113942. ISSN: 1438-4639 Open Access Link

Journal article
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