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Superfund Research Program News

SRP researchers identify two new genera of bacteria associated with PAH degradation in soil

Researchers in Dr. Singleton’s lab (Project 5) have isolated and described two novel polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-degrading bacteria obtained from contaminated soils of former manufactured gas plant (MGP) sites in NC. These microbes represent specific strains within larger groups of previously uncharacterized bacteria described by the research team as “Pyrene Group 1 (PG1)” and “Pyrene Group… Read more »

Study investigates role of cadmium and microRNAs in preeclampsia

February 10, 2017
Drs. Rebecca Fry and Samira Brooks have explained an underlying biological mechanism by which exposure to cadmium may increase the risk of developing preeclampsia during pregnancy. Their study was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology.

ESE doctoral student receives NIEHS Superfund Research Program award

Elizabeth Martin, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering and trainee in the UNC Superfund Research Program, has been named recipient of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award.

Study finds disparities in drinking water quality in Wake County, NC

In Wake County, some predominantly African-American neighborhoods in urban areas completely lack access to nearby municipal water systems. As a result, residents are exposed to notably higher quantities of microbial contaminants via well water.

Fry leads community talk on metals exposure and health

Rebecca Fry, PhD, presented the first Tarheel Tox Talk, a new public outreach program from the UNC Curriculum in Toxicology. The informal, community presentation at a Chapel Hill restaurant Oct. 4 focused on metal contamination, especially that caused by inorganic arsenic, in drinking water. Dr. Fry, who directs the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center,… Read more »

SRP Trainee Spotlight: Dami Adebambo

Class of: 2017/2018 Degree: PhD,  NC State University, Dept. of Biological Sciences Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria I am from Lagos, Nigeria but I’ve lived in North Carolina for a little over 7 years now. My initial interest in science sparked from my older sister, who is a computer scientist, and my parents’ wishes for me to become… Read more »

Laine winner of 2016 KC Donnelly Externship Award

Jessica Laine was recently awarded a KC Donnelly Externship from the NIEHS Supefund Research Program.  Laine is a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina under the direction of Rebecca Fry, Ph.D., and David Richardson, Ph.D. For her externship, Laine will work with Mary Gamble, Ph.D., at the Columbia University SRP Center…. Read more »

SRP researchers collaborate with the National Toxicology Program to study biomarkers, mechanism of PCB toxicity

Cancer is a major human health risk associated with exposure to many toxic chemicals, including those commonly encountered at Superfund sites such as polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs. UNC SRP investigator James Swenberg, PhD, his Project 1 research team, along with the SRP Chemistry and Analytical Core, collaborated with the National Toxicology Program (NTP) to investigate the formation of DNA adducts… Read more »

UNC Gillings researcher to co-lead high-profile NIH grant to investigate environmental influences on child health

Dr. Rebecca Fry of the Gillings School was named co-principal investigator on the UNC ECHO grant, for which UNC was awarded $5 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate how exposure to environmental factors in early development can influence the health of children and adolescents.

Partnering with US EPA to Improve Community Understanding of Metals Bioavailability

The UNC SRP Research Translation Core (RTC), along with the University of Arizona (UA) RTC, recently released several innovative education materials on the bioavailability of arsenic and lead, two of the most common contaminants of concern found at Superfund National Priorities List sites. Both metals can vary in their bioavailability, or the amount of the… Read more »