Dr Helena Reinardy has a broad background in marine biology and ecotoxicology, and received her PhD in Fish Ecotoxicology from Plymouth University, UK, in 2012. Her research interests are in understanding how organisms are affected by environmental stressors such as pollutants and changing environmental conditions (e.g. ocean acidification), with a focus on genetic, molecular, and reproductive responses.
She spent three years as a postdoctoral scientist in the Molecular Discovery Laboratory in the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences where she worked with sea urchins to understand how resistance to DNA damage and mechanisms of DNA repair contributes to their low incidence of cancer. She joined the Arctic Technology Department at UNIS in 2015 as part of the Environmental Waste Management (EWMA) project.
She is currently working on contaminants from industrial waste, including mine tailings and oil toxicity, and looking at effects on fish and potential impacts on the environment. Her specialties include genotoxicity, reproductive toxicity, and gene expression analyses.