Prof. Vicki Stone

Professor of Toxicology
Director of Nanosafety Research Group
School of Life Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS


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Research Expertise


In vitro and in vivo toxicological analysis of particles and nanoparticles entering the body via inhalation, injection or ingestion.


Relevant Publications

Poland, C.A., Duffin, R., Kinloch, I.A., Maynard, A., Wallace, W.A.H., Seaton, A., Stone, V., Brown, S., MacNee, W., and Donaldson, K. (2008) ‘Carbon nanotubes introduced into the abdominal cavity ofmice show asbestos-like pathogenicity in a pilot study’, Nature Nanotechnology, 3, 423-428.

Brown, D.M., Hutchison, L., Donaldson, K., and Stone, V. (2007) ‘The effects of PM10 particles and oxidative stress on macrophages and lung epithelial cells: modulating effects of calcium-signaling antagonists’, Am.J.Physiol Lung Cell Mol.Physiol, 292, L1444-L1451.

Brown, D.M., Kinloch, I.A., Bangert, U., Windle, A.H., Walter, D.M., Walker, G.S., Scotchford, C.A.,Donaldson, K., and Stone, V. (2007) ‘An in vitro study of the potential of carbon nanotubes and nanofibres to induce inflammation mediators and frustrated phagocytosis’, Carbon, 45, 1743-1756.

Oberdoerster, G., Stone, V., and Donaldson, K. (2007) ‘Toxicology of nanoparticles: A historical perspective’, Nanotoxicology, 1, 2-25.

Wilson, M.R., Stone, V., Cullen, R.T., Searl, A., Maynard, R.L., and Donaldson, K. (2000) ‘In vitro toxicology of respirable Montserrat volcanic ash’, Occup. Environ. Med., 57, 727-733.

Stone, V., Shaw, J., Brown, D.M., MacNee, W., Faux, S.P., and Donaldson, K. (1998) ‘The role of oxidative stress in the prolonged inhibitory effect of ultrafine carbon black on epithelial cell function’, Toxicol. in Vitro, 12, 649-659.

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