Kathrin Schilling is an isotope geochemist and has been at the forefront of developing stable metal isotopes as biomarkers to answer a wide array of research questions, relevant for the diagnosis, prevention, and control of diseases and nutrient status. Her interdisciplinary approach brings techniques commonly used in Earth Sciences into solving new problems in Biomedical Sciences. For instance, she explores how these isotopic biomarkers can fulfill a much-needed role of tracing environmental sources of exposure to carcinogenic metals as well as help detect minute changes of metabolic processes in humans caused by disease development and progression.
Faculty, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Associate Member, Columbia Center for Environmental Health and Justice in Northern Manhattan
Honors & Awards
2019 Metallomics Young Investigator’s Award, The Royal Society of Chemistry
2021 AGU Community Science Fellowship; Thriving Earth Exchange Program
Areas of Expertise
Cancer, Cancer--Chemical/Environmental Causes, Pollution--Air/Ground/Water, Chemical Hazards, Climate and Health, Environmental Toxins, Toxicity of Heavy Metals, Water Quality and Access
Schilling, K., Johnson, T.M., Dhillon, K.S., Mason, P.R.D. (2015). Fate of selenium in soils at a seleniferous site recorded by high precision Se isotope measurements. Environmental Science and Technology 49: 9690–9698.
Schilling, K., Moore E.T., Sullivan K.V., Capper M.S., Rehkämper M. Goddard K., Ion C., Coombes C., F., Vesty-Edwards, L., Lamb, A.D., Halliday, A. Larner F. (2021). Zinc stable isotopes in urine as diagnostic for cancer of secretory organs Metallomics 13(5)
Schilling, K., Larner, F., Kocher, H.M., Blyuss, O., Halliday, A.N., Crnogorac-Jurevic (2020). Urine metallomics signature in pancreatic cancer. Metallomics 12: 752-757.