Administrative Core

The goal of the Administrative Core is to foster an environment that stimulates innovative, multidisciplinary science and ensures that all UNC-Superfund Research Program (SRP) Projects and Cores work together to achieve our mission of developing new solutions for inorganic arsenic reduction and disease prevention through mechanistic and translational research.

SRP Project and Core Integration Diagram

UNC-SRP Project and Core Integration Diagram

We achieve our goal through the following objectives:

  • Integrate, coordinate, and monitor UNC-SRP interdisciplinary research activities focused on inorganic arsenic reduction and metabolic disease/diabetes prevention.
  • Convene advisory groups to provide critical guidance on UNC-SRP activities, including our Executive Committee, External Advisory Committee, and the Public Health Action Committee (PHAC), which is led in conjunction with the Community Engagement Core.
  • With the Research Translation Coordinator, develop effective research translation and communication strategies for UNC-SRP stakeholders related to inorganic arsenic reduction and disease prevention.
  • Provide training and career development opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows that foster integration across the Biomedical and Environmental Science research areas.

Driven by the Administrative Core, the UNC-SRP aims to discover biological mechanisms and factors that increase susceptibility to metabolic dysfunction/diabetes associated with exposure to inorganic arsenic because there are significant public health implications for communities in North Carolina and across the U.S. Another goal is to predict arsenic contamination and reduce exposure by developing novel methods and technologies. Throughout the research process, UNC-SRP is dedicated to engaging vulnerable communities and communicating the science to key stakeholders in NC and the larger SRP network.

Leadership Team

Dr. Rebecca Fry

Dr. Rebecca Fry

Rebecca Fry, PhD, Director
The Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor in Children’s Environmental Health
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Gillings School of Global Public Health
UNC-Chapel Hill


Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD

Dr. Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena

Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD, Deputy Director
Chair & Professor, Genetics; Oliver Smithies Investigator
School of Medicine
UNC-Chapel Hill


Dr. Miroslav Styblo

Dr. Miroslav Styblo

Mirek Styblo, PhD, Assistant Director
Professor, Department of Nutrition
Gillings School of Global Public Health
UNC-Chapel Hill

 

Senior Personnel

Lisa Smeester

Dr. Lisa Smeester

Lisa Smeester, PhD, Scientific Program Manager
Program Manager, Institute for Environmental Health Solutions
Gillings School of Global Public Health
UNC-Chapel Hill


William Vizuete

Dr. William Vizuete

Will Vizuete, PhD, Technology Development Specialist
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science & Engineering
Gillings School of Global Public Health
UNC-Chapel Hill


Sarah Yelton

Sarah Yelton

Sarah Yelton, MS, Research Translation Coordinator
Environmental Education and Citizen Science Program Manager
Center for Public Engagement with Science
Institute for the Environment
UNC-Chapel Hill

 

Other Personnel

Zamira Gleason

Zamira Gleason, Administrative Assistant
Institute for Environmental Health Solutions
Gillings School of Global Public Health
UNC-Chapel Hill


Megan Rodgers

Megan Rodgers

Megan Rodgers, MEA, Research Translation Assistant
Public Science and Internship Coordinator
Center for Public Engagement with Science
Institute for the Environment
UNC-Chapel Hill


Megan Suggs

Megan Suggs, Communications Fellow
Center for Public Engagement with Science
Institute for the Environment
UNC-Chapel Hill