Dr. Vincent Bessonneau is a research scientist with expertise in environmental health and metabolomics. His research centers on the use of the exposome concept (i.e. the totality of environmental exposures that an individual experiences in a lifetime) to identify adverse health outcomes risk biomarkers, and provide new insights into the etiology and biological mechanisms involved and associated with environmental exposures.
Prior to joining Silent Spring Institute in September 2016, Dr. Bessonneau worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo in Canada, where he developed untargeted metabolomics methods to measure entire classes of small molecules in biological specimens. His work focused on the development of in vivo sampling techniques for non-lethal metabolomics analysis of fish tissue. He also investigated the use of saliva for non-invasive and repeated monitoring of the exposome to reduce exposure-measurement errors in exposome-wide association studies.
Dr. Bessonneau earned his PhD in Biology and Health Sciences at the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP School of Public Health) in France, where he developed new analytical methods and statistical approaches for better characterization of human exposure to volatile organic compounds.