Pınar Erkekoğlu

Hacettepe University

Pınar Erkekoğlu graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Hacettepe University, Turkey, where she received her MSci and Ph.D. in Toxicology. She completed her Ph.D. studies at the University of Joseph Fourier, France, and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission/Institute for Nanosciences and Cryogenics/Nucleic Acid Lesions (CEA/INAC/LAN). She worked as a post-doc and visiting associate in the Biological Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. She is currently a full professor and head of the Department of Toxicology, Hacettepe University, and a faculty staff/board member at the Hacettepe University Vaccine Institute. Her main interests are endocrine-disrupting chemicals, neurotoxic chemicals, and the toxic effects of vaccines. Dr. Erkekoğlu has published more than 180 papers and 15 book chapters. She has edited seven international books and served as the translation editor for three others. She has been a European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) since 2014.

7books edited

6chapters authored

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Bisphenols are a group of abundant environmental chemicals. Many bisphenol derivatives, including bisphenol A (BPA), are used to manufacture plastics, epoxy resins, and other products. Thus, human exposure to bisphenols is inevitable. BPA may cause reproductive, developmental, and systemic toxic effects and there are questions about its potential impact, particularly on children’s health and the environment. Due to these concerns, new alternatives are now being used; however, these alternatives also have a bisphenol chemical structure and may lead to toxicity in humans. This book focuses on the toxicity mechanisms, pathological conditions, detection methods, and regulations of bisphenol derivatives. It presents the latest findings on the toxic effects of BPA, diseases that may be related to bisphenol exposure, and the regulations of the US Food and Drug Administration, European Food Safety Authority, and European Union.

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