UNC Superfund Research Program

Drew Cade, manager of Lake Crabtree County Park, shares his perspective on the community impacts of a neighboring Superfund site with reporters during an Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources field trip sponsored by the Research Translation Core.
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."
James Swenberg, DVM, PhD
Kenan Distinguished Professor

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.

We bring together a diverse group of scientists, engineers, science communicators and trainees with the goal of improving how these risks are calculated and communicated. 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

Vapor intrusion resources now available

UNC SRP has compiled resources on vapor intrusion from several trusted sources in response to community interest and needs stated at the informational session on vapor intrusion held in Winston-Salem on Monday, February 9.

Video from the entire informational session is available, along with fact sheets on vapor intrusion and toxicity of TCE and PCE, case studies, and other resources related to clean-up of sites where vapor intrusion is an issue.

Vapor Intrusion Resources

Focus Group

Do you fish and/or eat locally-caught fish in NC?

We want to hear from you!
Join us for a 90-minute focus group to talk about your fishing activities and provide feedback on educational material. If you’re 18 years or older, a resident in NC, and speak English or Spanish fluently, you’re eligible to participate.

Participants will be compensated with a $15 Visa gift card. Light snacks and childcare will be provided.

Contact Kat Bawden for more information, at (919) 966-7839, or bawdenka@email.unc.edu

Upcoming Event

Water Quality and Human Health Workshop Series

From Arsenic Exposure to Biological Response
March 13 and 14, 2015
Chapel Hill, NC

Free teacher professional development workshop series for NC high school science teachers featuring scientists, scientific data, and classroom-ready resources and supplies! Learn how contaminants move through the environment and enter the biosphere and how to assess biological responses to contaminants in an introduction to the exposome and epigenetics.

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