Faculty & Research

Eva Oberdorster

Biological Sciences

Eva Oberdorster, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. Duke University
DLSB 241

Email: eoberdor@smu.edu

Research Interests

Environmental Toxicology/ Nanoparticle Toxicology / Endocrine Distruptors





May 1992 B.S. Biology (Major), Anthropology (Minor)
Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
May 1997 Ph.D. Zoology; Integrated Toxicology Program
Duke University, Durham, NC. Dr. Dan Rittschof, Dissertation Advisor


Professional Experience

1997-1998 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. Dr. J. A. McLachlan, Advisor
1998-2000 Assistant Professor of Biochemical Ecotoxicology and Molecular Toxicology Clemson University, Department of Environmental Toxicology, Clemson, SC


Professional Societies

  • Society of Toxicology (SOT) since 1998
  • American Association of Zoos and Aquaria (AZA) since 2000



  • Biology 1303: Essentials of Biology
  • Biology 1310: Aquatic Biology of the Southwest
  • Biology 1402: Introductory Biology
  • Biology 3305: Limnology: Aquatic Biology
  • Biology 3306: Physiology and Regulatory Biology
  • Biology 4132: Senior Seminar on Nanotechnology
  • Biology 4160: Toxicology Laboratory
  • Biology 4360: Environmental and Human Toxicology
  • Biology 5110: Biochemistry Laboratory


Peer-reviewed Publications

Shelburne JD, VL Roggli, P Ingram, A Lefurgey, E Oberdörster, 1993. Electron Microscopy in Environmental Pathology.  Microscopy Soc. America Bull.  23(4)242-252.

Oberdörster E, D Rittschof,  P McClellan-Green. 1998. Induction of Cytochrome P450 3A and heat shock protein by tributyltin in blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.  Aquat. Toxicol.  41:83-100. 

Oberdörster E, D Rittschof, GA LeBlanc. 1998.  Alteration of [14C]-Testosterone metabolism after chronic tributyltin exposure in Daphnia  magna.  Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol.  34:21-25.

Oberdörster E, D Rittschof, and P McClellan-Green. 1998.  Testosterone metabolism in imposex and normal I. obsoleta:  Studies with field collected and TBT Cl-induced imposex snails.  Mar. Poll. Bull.  36:144-151.

Cheek AO, P Vonier, BC Burow, E Oberdörster, JA McLachlan. 1998. Environmental Signaling: A biological context for endocrine disruption.  Environ. Health Persp. 106, Suppl.  1:5-10.

Oberdörster E, M Martin, CF Ide, JA McLachlan. 1999. Benthic community structure and biomarker induction in grass shrimp in an estuarine system. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol.  37(4):512-518.

Oberdörster E, DM Cottam, FA Wilmot, MJ Milner, JA McLachlan. 1999.  Interaction of PAHs and PCBs with ecdysone-dependent gene expression and cell proliferation. Tox. Appl. Pharm.  160(1):101-108.

Oberdörster E,  M Brouwer, T Hoexum-Brouwer, S Manning and JA McLachlan. 2000.  Long-term pyrene exposure of grass shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio, affects molting and reproduction of males and offspring of exposed females.  Environ. Health Persp.  108(7):641-646.

Oberdörster E, LK Irwin and CD Rice. 2000. Purification of lipovitellin from grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio, generation and characterization of monoclonal antibodies, and validation for the detection of lipovitellin in Crustacea.  Comp. Biochem. Physiol.  127C(2):199-207.

Oberdörster E, P McClellan-Green.  2000. The neuropeptide APGWamide induces imposex in the mud snail Ilyanassa obsoleta. Peptides.  21(9):1323-1330.

Oberdörster E, AO Cheek. 2001.  Gender Benders at the Beach:  Endocrine Disruption in Marine and Estuarine Organisms.  Environ. Toxicol. Chem.  20(1):23-36.

Irwin, LK, SL Gray, E Oberdörster. 2001.  Vitellogenin induction in painted turtle, Chrysemys picta, as a biomarker of exposure to environmental levels of estradiol.  Aquat. Toxicol.  55: 49-60.

Oberdörster E, MA Clay, DM Cottam, FA Wilmot, JA McLachlan, MJ Milner.  2001. Common phytochemicals are Ecdysteroid agonists and antagonists:  A possible evolutionary link between vertebrate and invertebrate steroid hormones. J. Steroid Biochem. Molec. Biol.  77(4-5):229-38.

Oberdörster E.  2001.  Peptide hormones vs. Steroid hormones:  Case studies from snail and turtle populations.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.  Special Issue:  Environmental Hormones:  The Scientific Basis of Endocrine Disruption.  948:75-79.

Oberdörster E. and P. McClellan-Green.  2002.  Mechanisms of imposex induction in mud snail, Ilyanassa obsoleta:  TBT as a neurotoxin and aromatase inhibitor.  Mar. Environ. Res.  54(3-5) p. 715-718.  

Oberdörster, E.  2004.  Manufactured nanomaterials (Fullerenes, C60) induce oxidative stress in brain of juvenile largemouth bass.  Environ. Health Persp.  112(10):1058-1062.

Gunderson M.P., Oberdörster E., Guillette L.J. Jr. 2004.  Phase I and II liver enzyme activities in juvenile alligators  (Alligator mississipiensis) collected from three sites in the Kissimmee-Everglades drainage, Florida (USA).  Comp Biochem Physiol.  139C:39-46.

Oberdörster, E, J. Romano, P. McClellan-Green. 2005.  The neuropeptide APGWamide as a Penis Morphogenic Factor (PMF) in gastropod mollusks.  Integrative Comp Biol.  45(1):28-32.

Oberdörster G., E. Oberdörster, J. Oberdörster.  2005.  Nanotoxicology:  An Evolving Discipline Emerging from Studies of Ultrafine Particles.  Environ. Health Persp.  113(7):  823-839.

Haasch, M.L., P. McClellan-Green, and E. Oberdörster.  2005.  Consideration of the toxicity of manufactured nanoparticles. In XIX International Winterschool / Euroconference on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials (H. Kuzmany, J. Fink, M. Mehring and S. Roth, eds.), Vol. 786, pp. 586-589. American Institute of Physics (AIP), Kirchberg, Tirol, Austria.

Easton, JH, AR Dongell, E. Oberdörster.  2005.  Instream steroid-hormone levels in a CAFO-impacted watershed and biological removal strategies.  ASCE Proceedings.

E. Oberdörster, Zhu, S., T. M. Blickley, P. McClellan-Green, and M. L. Haasch. 2006.  Ecotoxicology of carbon-based engineered nanoparticles: Effects of fullerene (C60) on aquatic organisms.  Carbon.  44(6):1112-1120.

Gravel, P, KM Johanning, JA McLachlan, J Vargas, and E. Oberdörster.  2006.  Imposex in the intertidal snail Acanthais brevidentata (Gastropoda:  Muricidae) from the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.  International Journal of Tropical Biology.  54:21-26.

Zhu, S., E. Oberdörster, and M. L. Haasch.  2006.  Toxicity of an engineered nanoparticle (fullerene) in two aquatic species, daphnia and fathead minnow.  Mar Env Res. 62:S5-S9.

Borm, P.J.A.,  D. Robbins, S. Haubold, T. Kuhlbusch, H. Fissan, K. Donaldson, R.P.F. Schins, V. Stone, W. Kreyling, J. Lademann, J. Krutmann, D. Warheit, E. Oberdörster. 2006.  The potential risks of nanomaterials: A review.  Particle and Fibre Toxicology.  3:11-35.

McClellan-Green, P., J. Romano and E. Oberdörster. 2007.  Does gender really matter in contaminant exposure?  A case study using Invertebrate Models. Environmental Research.  104(1):183-191.  


Other Publications


Gardner, S and E. Oberdörster, Eds.  Reptilian Toxicology. (2006) Part of the New Perspectives:  Toxicology and the Environment Series. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 

Oberdörster, E.  (2009) Toxicology  Laboratory Manual. Bent Tree Press.  ISBN: (978) -1-60250-151-3(5)

Oberdörster, E.  (2009) Biochemistry Laboratory Manual.  Bent Tree Press.  ISBN:  (978) – 1-60250-150-5(8)

Book Chapters

Ingersoll CG, M Crane, S Dodson, T De Witt, A Gies, M-C Huet, T Hutchinson, C McKenney, E Oberdörster, D Pascoe, DJ Versteeg, O Warwick. 1999. Chapter 3: Laboratory toxicity tests for use in evaluating potential effects of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs).  In:  Endocrine Disruption in Invertebrates:  Endocrinology, Testing and Assessment.  DeFur P, Crane M,    Ingersoll C and Tattersfield L, Eds. SETAC Press, Pensacola, FL. pp. 107-197.

McClellan-Green, P., M. Celander, E. Oberdörster.  2005.  Chapter 5:  Hepatic and Renal Toxicology.  In: Reptilian Toxicology.  (S. Gardner and E. Oberdörster, Eds).  CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Oberdörster, E., P. McClellan-Green, and M.L. Haasch. 2006.  Ecotoxicity of Engineered Nanomaterials.  Wiley-VCH Book Series on Nanotechnology for Life Sciences - Vol 5 Nanomaterials - Toxicity, Health and Environmental Issues, Chapter 2.

McClellan-Green P.D., E. Oberdörster, Zhu  S., Blickley T.M. and M. L. Haasch. 2007.  Impact of Nanoparticles on Aquatic Organisms.  In Nanoparticles: Characterization, Dosing and Health Effects. (Eds) N. Monteiro-Riviere and C. L. Tran, Taylor & Francis, CRC Press, New York, NY.  pp 391-404.

White Papers

Oberdörster, E. 2005. Chapter IV, Section 7:  Environmental Impacts of Nanoparticles.  In ECETOC White Paper on “Occupational and Environmental Risks of Nanomaterials”


Oberdörster, E.  2000.  Cooper River Water Quality Testing for the SC Aquarium.  An internal report on the toxicity of Cooper River water for use in the Aquarium.

Oberdörster, E.  2002.  Hepatic Ethoxyresorufin induction in fish from an Arkansas Wildlife Refuge:  Lapoile Creek is contaminated.  An internal report for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas Division.

Oberdörster, E. PL Larkin, J Rogers.  2006.  Rapid Environmental Impact Screening For Engineered Nanomaterials:  A Case Study Using Microarray Technology Foresight and Governance Project.  Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. http://www.nanotechproject.org/file_download/93

Short Essays

Oberdörster, E.  2003.  The Future of Endocrine Disruptor Research:  Beyond steroid hormones.   In the SETAC’s  Short Course on Endocrine Disrupting Compounds, Austin, TX.

Oberdörster, E.  2004.  Nanotechnology.  For the e.hormone web-commentary, Summer 2004 posting.  http://e.hormone,tulane.edu/newsAndViews.thml

Oberdörster, E.  2004.  Opinion Piece.  For the Citizens’ Technology Forum on Nanotechnology (NSF-funded public outreach effort).

Book Reviews

Oberdörster, E.  2001.  Hormonally Active Agents in the Environment:  A Tool for Policy Makers.  Ecology.  82(1):303-304.

Oberdörster, E.  2003.  Environmental Toxicology:  A New Textbook for Upper-College level courses.  Ecology.  84(2):540-541.

Oberdörster, E.  2005. “Nanotechnology: Environmental Implications and Solutions " A discussion. Environ Health Persp. 113(7):a488.