Superfund Research Program | Multimedia Resources

Introduction to the UNC Superfund Research Program

An overview of the UNC Superfund Research Program and associated biomedical and remediation projects.


Project 1: Examining Oxidative Stress and DNA Damage

Dr. James Swenberg is examining the role of oxidative stress and its associated DNA damage for highly persistent environmental chemicals to evaluate critical dose-response relationships necessary for science-based cancer risk assessments.


Project 2: How is Trichloroethylene Metabolized?

Dr. Ivan Rusyn is examining the differences in individuals’ metabolism of Trichloroethylene (TCE) with an ultimate goal of helping the EPA improve risk assessment for TCE exposure.


Project 3: How is Cadmium Toxic to Pregnant Women and Newborns?

Dr. Rebecca Fry is studying changes to the genome or epigenome and associated health effects due to exposure to cadmium in pregnant women and their children.


Project 4: Measuring Long-Term Exposure with Passive Sampling Devices

Dr. Damian Shea is developing passive sampling devices that can measure long-term exposure to chemicals in soil and water at Superfund sites.


Project 5: Effectiveness of Bioremediation in Removing Superfund Contaminants

Dr. Mike Aitken is studying the effectiveness of bioremediation at removing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from contaminated soils to better understand how to design biological processes for remediation efforts.


The UNC SRP has created several other video resources to engage diverse audiences in issues surrounding local Superfund sites and community engagement.

Protecting Our Water: PCB Contamination at Ward Transformer
This is a short documentary that introduces the history, extent, and health risks associated with the PCB contamination at the Ward Transformer Superfund Site in Morrisville, NC, and downstream. Created by the UNC Superfund Research Program with grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Superfund Research Program (Grant#P42ES005948).

Catch and Release English Version | Spanish Version
The UNC Superfund Research Program worked with UNC journalism students to produce this public service announcement about PCB contamination in local waterways and why it is important to catch and release every time you fish. Created with support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Superfund Research Program (Grant#P42ES005948).