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Dr. Ann Ruttens PhD


Ann Ruttens graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUleuven) as a Bio-Engineer in plant protection and environmental sciences. She obtained a PhD in Sciences at Hasselt University (UHasselt, Centre for Environmental Sciences) and continued her career in the same group, studying alternative remediation options for metal contaminated soils, including industrial sites, agricultural land and kitchen gardens. In 2008 she joined the Trace Element unit of CODA-CERVA (the predecessor of Sciensano), were her research activities focused on the transfer, speciation and bioavailability of trace elements in the food chain (e.g. Se, As,..), with particular focus on human trace element intake and exposure. In 2013 she became the head of the Trace Element unit. At Sciensano she continued these activities in the service Trace Elements and Nanomaterials of Sciensano, directing additional research efforts towards the relationship between trace element exposure and human health. In 2021 she became scientific coordinator in the Service Strategy and External Positioning.

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