Head of Department:
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Heinrich Iro


The project “Nanotoxicology”, sponsored by the Bayerischen Staatsministerium fuer Umwelt und Gesundheit (BaySTMUG) started in January 2013. Within this project we conduct extensive systemic toxicological research on nanoparticles used for medical purposes. Since all nanomaterials show unique properties, it is necessary to adapt the test procedures accordingly. Primarily it is important to investigate general toxicity, genotoxicity and the development of free radicals caused by nanoparticles in vitro. Subsequently we plan to analyze biodistribution, degradation and elimination of the nanoparticles in vivo. In total this project has two goals: first to generate risk profiles for dedicated nanoparticles according to standard operating procedures; second to promote the certification of nanoparticles for clinical use, such as “Magnetic Drug Targeting”.

Current Presentations

Exhibition EAM Science meets Fiction - The science behind the pictures
The Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials invites you to a scientific evening around the exhibition "EAM Science meets Fiction". Inspired by nature, a lecture deals with the biocompatibility of nanoparticles. Speaker: Dr. Christina Janko on September 28th 2017.


Contribution "Multiparameter flow cytometry as tool to simultaneously monitor cellular nanoparticle uptake and biocompatibility in nanosafety studies" presentation of Dr. Christina Janko at the International Congress Engineering of Advanced Materials ICEAM2017 on Oktober 10th.

Leadership and Contact



Publications can be reviewed on PubMed.


10 years SEON
Nanopartikel als Virendetektoren
Manfred Roth Stiftung unterstützt SEON-Forschungsprojekt

Donations account

Forschungsstiftung Medizin at the Universitätsklinikum Erlangen

Sparkasse Erlangen
IBAN: DE 69 76350000 0000062000
Intended use:
Nanomedizin Prof. Alexiou

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