Imperial College London

Dr. Helena Rapp Wright

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Associate



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Dr Helena Rapp Wright earned her BSc in Chemistry at the University of La Laguna (ULL, Spain) in 2014 and an MRes in Forensic Science at King’s College London (KCL, UK) in 2016. During her BSc and MRes, she undertook an industrial placement and two research projects focused on analytical chemistry.

Following her MRes study, she worked at LGC (Fordham, UK) for two years in the small molecules department for bioanalytical sciences. Her work focused on developing analytical techniques for the identification and quantification of drugs from clinical trials, as well as their sample analysis. In 2018, she successfully secured a PhD studentship sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Ireland. Her PhD was held in the School of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University (DCU) and part-time at KCL, researching contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in environmental water samples. Her PhD was completed in 2021, and she is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London within the Emerging Chemical Contaminant Group.

Helena (or Dr Rapp Wright) is also a member of Royal Society of Chemistry. Her research interests lie in the broad areas of analytical and environmental chemistry, mainly wastewater analysis, and contaminants of emerging concern.



Rapp-Wright H, 2023, When performance-enhancing substances are on the rise, Nature Water, Vol:1, Pages:829-830

Egli M, Rapp Wright H, Oloyede O, et al., 2023, A One-Health environmental risk assessment of contaminants of emerging concern in London’s waterways throughout the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Environment International, Vol:180, ISSN:0160-4120

Rapp-Wright H, Rodríguez-Mozaz S, Álvarez-Muñoz D, et al., 2023, International comparison, risk assessment, and prioritisation of 26 endocrine disrupting compounds in three European river catchments in the UK, Ireland, and Spain, Molecules, Vol:28, ISSN:1420-3049, Pages:1-25

Rapp-Wright H, Regan F, White B, et al., 2023, A year-long study of the occurrence and risk of over 140 contaminants of emerging concern in wastewater influent, effluent and receiving waters in the Republic of Ireland, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:860, ISSN:0048-9697

Richardson AK, Irlam RC, Wright HR, et al., 2022, A miniaturized passive sampling-based workflow for monitoring chemicals of emerging concern in water, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:839, ISSN:0048-9697, Pages:156260-156260

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