Philipp Hess

Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer, France


Philipp Hess is a researcher interested in the detection, chemistry, ecological role, and impact of phycotoxins on marine environment and human health. After studies of chemistry at the EHICS Strasbourg (France), he completed his Ph.D. degree in 1998 on organic contaminants in the marine environment (UK). Subsequently, he studied algal toxins, initially focusing on domoic acid and saxitoxins. In 2001, he helped implement chemical testing for lipophilic toxins in parallel to mouse bioassays to combat azaspiracid shellfish poisoning (IE). He then investigated toxin isolation and reference materials for official control, facilitating legislative changes in Europe for lipophilic toxins. Furthermore, he implemented proficiency testing for shellfish toxins within QUASIMEME, undertook method validation exercises for domoic acid and lipophilic toxins, and contributed to the standardization (UK-FSA, EU-project BIOTOX, ECVAM, CEN, INAB, AFNOR, and AOAC Presidential Task Force for Phycotoxin Methods). In parallel, he contributed to risk evaluation and management, through a number of WGs (Irish, UK, and French food safety agencies, European Food Safety Agency, FAO Expert Consultation 2005, and Codex Alimentarius). Since 2008, Hess continues his studies on phycotoxins at the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Seas, Ifremer. His research interests are algal culture for the production of purified toxins and generic methods for biodiscovery (miniaturized bioassays and metabolomic techniques based on high resolution mass spectrometry). He also teaches a course on phycotoxins at the University of Nantes, France, and is the Adjunct Director of the regional Research Federation on ocean and coastal activities (IUML), integrating 16 laboratories from life, engineering, and social sciences. Since 2011, he contributes to communicating science to policy stakeholders through the Marine Board WG, Oceans and Human Health, and the European Science Foundation and represents France on the Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IOC-UNESCO).

Biography Updated on 26 August 2012

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