Superfund Research Program
Environmental Exposure and Effect of Hazardous Chemicals

UNC-CH Superfund Research Program

The UNC Superfund Research Program advances the scientific bases required to understand and reduce risks to human health associated with several of the highest priority chemicals regulated under the Superfund program, namely polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and chlorinated hydrocarbons.

Our program comprises six integrated research projects (four biomedical and two non-biomedical) and five support cores, including two research support cores, a training core, a research translation core, and an administrative core. The UNC Superfund program serves to conduct research, train new scientists and engineers familiar with interdisciplinary research, and carry our results to a broad and diverse audience of scientists, regulators, legislators and concerned citizens.

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UNC SRP scientists uncover soil microbes that consume contaminants and speed up degradation

In SRP Investigator Mike Aitken's lab, a long-term project to speed up the biodegradation of a common type of hazardous industrial chemical is shedding light on what is going on underground at many of the nation's contaminated sites. PhD students Stephen Richardson and Maiysha Jones have identified microbes that are responsible for breaking down six different polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)...

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Researcher Spotlight - Dr. Ivan Rusyn

Dr. Ivan Rusyn leads a cutting-edge environmental toxicity research lab with the UNC Superfund Research Program, which improves understanding of the ways that exposures to certain chemicals lead to adverse health effects, and was the first to report on the genetic regulation of gene expression in the liver. Rusyn has served on a number of committees of the National Academies of Science and the EPA Science Advisory Board evaluating the health risks associated with trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, trichloroacetic acid and formaldehyde. However, the series of steps that he took to get to this position in his career began in a much different place and have since taken him around the world.

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RTC project tracking NC private well contamination celebrates successes and looks ahead

Over the last year the UNC SRP Research Translation Core has partnered with Medical Evaluation and Risk Assessment (MERA) program of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) to develop the capacity of NCDHHS to identify North Carolina populations at greatest potential risk from well water contamination.

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Learn how to turn your research into a business with UNC OTD

Office of Technology Development Internship Program
The OTD internship program is an eight month position for graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows who wish to learn more about intellectual property and technology commercialization.

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Fry receives two prestigious honors for outstanding young researchers

"Rebecca Fry, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received two prestigious awards recognizing her potential to advance science and make substantial contributions throughout her career..."



The UNC SRP is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.