Developing Protocols to Measure Plastic Chemicals in Human Brain, Blood and Urine

Minderoo Foundation

The Minderoo Foundation is collaborating with QAEHS and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) to enable the development of novel mass spectrometry protocols to measure plastic chemicals in human post-mortem brain tissue, as well as blood and urine. These mass spectrometry techniques will be developed in a world leading, low-contamination laboratory established at QAEHS. 


This project has developed an improved analytical method for quantifying bisphenols, a chemical used in the production of plastics, and phthalate metabolites, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, in human urine. An analytical method based on goat brain tissues has been developed for bisphenols and phthalate metabolites and is currently transitioning to using human brain tissues.

Project members

Prof Kevin Thomas

QAEHS Director
and Theme Leader, Environmental Health Toxicology

Prof Jochen Mueller

Theme Leader, Emerging Environmental Health Risks

Dr Cassandra Rauert

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Xianyu (Fisher) Wang

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Ian Zammit

Research Fellow

Dr Nathan Charlton

Research Assistant

Dr Ayomi Jayarathne

Senior Research Assistant/Analyst

Angus Bagley

Senior Research Assistant/Analyst

Emerson Aldridge

Senior Research Assistant/Analyst