UNC Superfund Research Program

A recent paper from Dr. Rebecca Fry's lab was named Article of the Month by The Children’s Environmental Health Network. The study, Maternal Arsenic Exposure, Arsenic Methylation Efficiency, & Birth Outcomes in the Biomarkers of Exposure to Arsenic (BEAR) Pregnancy Cohort in Mexico examined the association of inorganic arsenic exposure during pregnancy and corresponding birth outcomes in a pregnancy cohort in Mexico.
Message from the Director
"We conduct cutting-edge research to advance methods for detecting toxic chemicals in the environment, cleaning up contaminated sites, and minimizing human and environmental risks due to exposure."
Rebecca Fry, PhD

The UNC Superfund Research Program (UNC SRP) seeks to understand the human health and environmental risks associated with exposure to toxic chemicals found at hazardous waste sites. Learn more.

Our research interests include:

  • Improving our ability to evaluate risk from low-dose exposures;
  • Developing biological markers that indicate when a person has been exposed to a chemical;
  • Using a systems biology framework to understand the pathways of environmental disease and how chemicals can cause changes to our DNA;
  • Understanding how individuals differ in their susceptibility and risk, and how our genes play a role in the development of disease
  • Improving methods to measure chronic exposure and bioavailability of toxic chemicals in the environment
  • Evaluating factors that influence toxicity of soil during and after bioremediation
Coal Ash Seminar

Status Report on NC’s Coal Ash Response

with Tom Reeder, Assistant Secretary, NC Department of Environmental Quality

April 6, 2016
1301 McGavern-Greenberg
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Box lunch provided with RSVP to kclabby@unc.edu.

This seminar is jointly sponsored by the UNC Superfund Research Program and the UNC Institute for the Environment.


Eat Fish, Choose Wisely

Check out the new family guide to eating locally caught fish in the Triangle, created by UNC SRP with partners Sound Rivers and Lake Crabtree County Park. At the website, www.eatfishwisely.org, you can find info on local fish consumption advisories, learn about harmful chemicals that may be in your catch, and find out how to reduce your risk.

Creation of the guide began in 2014 in response to community members’ concerns about people eating fish from local waters with fish consumption advisories.

Award News

Leveraging SRP resources to understand community wastewater issues

A team of researchers including Dr. Damian Shea, Leader of Project 4 and Professor at NC State University, have been awarded a grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Water for Agriculture Challenge Area.

Dr. Shea and colleagues will deploy the non-selective passive sampling device and used non-targeted and targeted screening methods used in the SRP to characterize chemical contaminants of concern (COCs) and their human health risks for land-applied, secondary municipal wastewater onto forested lands.