Anne Kahru

Lead of the Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology, Estonian National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics
Fellow of the Estonian Academy of Sciences


Anne Kahru is a fellow of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, specializing in Ecotoxicology since 2018. She leads the Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology at the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics in Tallinn.

Her laboratory was among the first to conduct nanoecotoxicological studies of metal oxide nanoparticles. She is among the top 1% most cited scientists worldwide in the areas of Environment/Ecology and Pharmacology & Toxicology (Clarivate Analytics, 2018, 2019). Kahru has authored over 180 publications, cited more than 11,000 times (WoS). Her H-index is 49 in Web of Science and 59 in Google Scholar. Since 2020, her research has expanded to include studies on the ecotoxicity of micro- and nanoplastics, and she has co-authored five papers in esteemed environmental journals (Environmental Pollution, Science of the Total Environment, Chemosphere), collectively cited more than 130 times.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Journal ‘Environmental Science: Nano’ and serves on the Editorial Board of ‘Nanomaterials’. Kahru was recognized as one of the top 12 most outstanding Estonian women in the world in 2020 by the portal ‘estonianworld.com’.

She is a member of the Evaluation Committee of the Estonian Research Council, which evaluates applications for personal and institutional funding, the primary funding instruments for science in Estonia. Kahru is also the founder and President (1998-2018) of the Estonian Society of Toxicology. She was awarded the State Order of the White Star (Class IV) in 2017.

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