Ph.D in Geology


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  • I-Site CAP 20-25 Research Fellow | April 2021 - present; University Clermont Auvergne, France
  • Postdoctoral Researcher | 2018 - 2021; Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • PhD Geology | 2018; Durham University, United Kingdom
  • MEng Environmental Geology | 2013; University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • BEng Geological Engineering | 2011; University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Medical Laboratory Technician | 2008; Schola Medica Zagrabiensis, Croatia

I'm a medical geologist and volcanologist working on the health and environmental impacts of volcanic eruptions using multidisciplinary approaches and methods across geochemistry, volcanology, environmental chemistry and particle toxicology. 


I am an interdisciplinary researcher in Medical Geology jointly affiliated with the GReD (Team 10) and LMV (Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Team Volcanology) to work on a CAP 20-25 project titled: The insidious hazard of volcanic SO2 gas to human health: an in vitro study of the respiratory effects.

The focus of this project is sulphur dioxide, as it is one of the principal toxic gases released in abundance by volcanic activity. Although the evidence on the incidence of acute (short-term) respiratory symptoms varies among studies, increases in hospital and emergency department admissions due to respiratory problems, such as irritation and cough, have been associated with short-term exposure to SO2. On a biological level, the mechanisms of lung injury caused by exposure to gaseous volcanic pollutants remain poorly investigated, even though they often represent the dominant exposure. 

The overall objective of the project is to experimentally investigate the hazard of inhaling volcanic SO2 gas concomitantly with volcanic ash, in healthy and asthmatic human lung cells. The core hypothesis is that the biological impact of their co-exposure is greater than exposure to either, independently.