Dr. Tea Romih

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I graduated in the pre-Bologna study of Biology (2011) from the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, with the thesis: Accumulation of Zinc or Copper in the Model Organism (Porcellio scaber, Isopoda, Crustacea) Fed on Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles or Copper Nanoparticles. [ pdf ]

In 2011 I enrolled in the interdisciplinary Doctoral study of Biosciences, research area Nanosciences, coordinated jointly by the Biotechnical Faculty and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. I defended my thesis, Release of Ions from Nanoparticles in the Digestive Tract of a Model Organism (Porcellio scaber, Isopoda, Crustacea), in June 2016. [ pdf ]

My research focused on physico-chemical transformations of nanoparticles the digestive system of model invertebrate organisms, common rough woodlice (Porcellio scaber, Isopoda, Crustacea), and the following bioaccumulation of released metal species. Furthermore, I searched whether nanoparticles at sub-toxic exposure doses affected isopod digestive gland tissue in specific ways, different from the effects of corresponding dissolved metal ions. The research was done in collaboration with the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, National Institute of Chemistry, and Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste.

Awards and honors:

  • (2012) Biotechnical Faculty’s Award for the top graduates of the year 2011, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
  • (2011) Faculty Prešeren Award for the graduation thesis, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana

Study grants:

  • (2013-2014) Innovative scheme of co-funding doctoral studies for the promotion of cooperation with economy and solving contemporary social challenges – generation 2012 (partially funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and partially by the European Union via European Social Fund)
  • (2002-2012) Zois Scolarship (funded by the Slovene Human Resources Development and Scholarship Fund)

International activities:

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Reviewer for:

Comparative in vitro genotoxicity study of ZnO nanoparticles, ZnO macroparticles and ZnCl2 to MDCK kidney cells: Size matters
Kononenko V, Repar N, Marušič N, Drašler B, Romih T, Hočevar SB, Drobne D
[ site ] Toxicology in Vitro

Chronic exposure to zinc oxide nanoparticles increases ischemic-reperfusion injuries in isolated rat hearts
Milivojević T, Drobne D, Romih T, Bizjak-Mali L, Marin I, Lunder M, Drevenšek G
[ site ] Journal of Nanoparticle Research

Bismuth film electrode for measuring Zn(II) under less acidic conditions in the presence of cell culture medium and ZnO nanoparticles
Romih T, Hočevar SB, Kononenko V, Drobne D
[ site ] Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical

The role of PVP in the bioavailability of Ag from the PVP-stabilized Ag nanoparticle suspension
Romih T, Jemec A, Kos M, Hočevar SB, Kralj S, Makovec D, Drobne D
[ site ] Environmental Pollution

Gold nanoparticles do not induce adverse effects on terrestrial isopods Porcellio scaber after 14-day exposure
Škarková P, Romih T, Kos M, Novak S, Kononenko V, Jemec A, Vávrová M, Drobne D
[ pdf ] [ site ] Acta Biologica Slovenica

A novel approach to the measurement of surfactant parameters in arthropod digestive juices
Romih T, Kogej K, Drobne D
[ site ] Journal of Insect Physiology

Bismuth film electrode for anodic stripping voltammetric measurement of silver nanoparticle dissolution
Romih T, Hočevar SB, Jemec A, Drobne D
[ site ] Electrochimica Acta

Growth of a Novel Nanostructured ZnO Urchin: Control of Cytotoxicity and Dissolution of the ZnO Urchin
Imani R, Drašler B, Kononenko V, Romih T, Eleršič K, Jelenc J, Junkar I, Remškar M, Drobne D, Kralj-Iglič V, Iglič A
[ pdf ] [ site ] Nanoscale Research Letters

FTIR microscopy reveals distinct biomolecular profile of crustacean digestive glands upon subtoxic exposure to ZnO nanoparticles
Romih T, Jemec A, Novak S, Vaccari L, Ferraris P, Šimon M, Kos M, Susič R, Kogej K, Zupanc J, Drobne D
[ pdf ] [ site ] Nanotoxicology

Bioavailability of cobalt and iron from citric-acid-adsorbed CoFe2O4 nanoparticles in the terrestrial isopod Porcellio scaber
Romih T, Drašler B, Jemec A, Drobne D, Novak S, Golobič M, Makovec D, Susič R, Kogej K
[ pdf ] [ site ] Science of the Total Environment

Cellular Internalization of Dissolved Cobalt Ions from Ingested CoFe2O4 Nanoparticles: In Vivo Experimental Evidence
Novak S, Drobne D, Golobič M, Zupanc J, Romih T, Gianoncelli A, Kiskinova M, Kaulich B, Pelicon P, Vavpetič P, Jeromel L, Ogrinc N, Makovec D
[ pdf ] [ site ] Environmental Science & Technology

Upon Exposure to Cu Nanoparticles, Accumulation of Copper in the Isopod Porcellio scaber Is Due to the Dissolved Cu Ions Inside the Digestive Tract
Golobič M, Jemec A, Drobne D, Romih T, Kasemets K, Kahru A
[ pdf ] [ site ] Environmental Science & Technology

Zinc bioaccumulation in a terrestrial invertebrate fed a diet treated with particulate ZnO or ZnCl2
Pipan-Tkalec Ž, Drobne D, Jemec A, Romih T, Zidar P, Bele M
[ pdf ] [ site ] Toxicology