Wilson Ramirez Duarte, Ph.D. Candidate
As a graduate student in the Pharmacology and Toxicology program my research focuses on how acidic and aluminium-rich water can influence the toxicity of certain oil components in freshwater fish using the medaka as a model. In Orinoquia Region in Colombia, where there is a lot of oil exploitations, wastewater from drilling oil wells containing NaCl, vanadium, nickel, arsenic, chromium, lead, mercury, toluene, xylene, phenol, naphthalene among other compounds is discharged on rivers, creeks and land. The land is mildly acidic and has high concentration of Aluminium. My research will contribute to establish safe levels of specific compounds found in wastewater from oil exploitations for aquatic ecosystems in the context of Orinoquia Region in Colombia.
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)