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."
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

RTC staff win Engaged Scholarship Award

On April 7, Environmental Resource Program (ERP) Director and UNC SRP Research Translation Core Leader Kathleen Gray accepted the UNC Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award for Partnerships.

The award specifically recognized ERP’s SRP-related partnerships and engagement work to educate vulnerable populations about advisories related to risks of consuming contaminated fish from local waterways.

Read more in the NIEHS Environmental Factor

Job Announcement

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor

Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Applications are invited for a tenure-track faculty position with open rank (Assistant, Associate or Full Professor) in the area of environmental health sciences, specifically the linkages between environmental exposures and human disease. The successful candidate will have a PhD in environmental health, toxicology, biology, biochemistry, or a closely related field.

Full Job Announcement (pdf)

Spring Newsletter

UNC Superfund Scoop – Spring 2015 edition now available!

Check out the latest edition of the UNC Superfund Scoop, which highlights research on birth outcomes associated with arsenic exposure from Dr. Fry’s lab, recent science communication training with SRP trainees by the RTC, award-winning  RTC staff, and a trainee spotlight on Zhenyu Tian, in Mike Aitken’s lab along with various news and notes from the last few months. Archived editions of the Superfund Scoop are available on the Publications page.

Read the Spring 2015 UNC Superfund Scoop