Research Experience and Training Coordination Core (RETCC)

We support UNC-Superfund Research Program trainees with a unique training opportunity in environmental public health. Our goal is to promote cross-fertilization of knowledge across biomedical science, environmental science, and engineering disciplines through interdisciplinary training in research translation, community engagement, and data analysis.

In the Research Experience and Training Coordination Core, trainees acquire research skills and translational training surrounding the environmental problems associated with inorganic arsenic contamination of groundwater in North Carolina and exposure-related metabolic disorders/diabetes. Through disciplinary experiences, trainees gain hands-on opportunities with field and laboratory research, data management and analysis, community engagement, and research translation while working on problems at the interface of arsenic exposure in drinking water and human metabolic disorders. We accomplish our goal through four aims:

RETCC

Trainees gain hands-on opportunities with field and laboratory research, data management and analysis, community engagement, and research translation.

  • Enrich professional career development and growth of trainees through professional skill development and cultivation of networking opportunities.
  • Promote cohesive approaches that connect and integrate knowledge obtained from a set of core courses with enrichment opportunities in biomedical research, environmental sciences and engineering, and public health.
  • Foster outreach opportunities for trainees to hone skills in community engagement and research translation.
  • Coordinate opportunities for trainees to obtain skills in 21st century data analysis methods through partnership with the data management and analysis core.

Core Leaders

Ilona Jaspers

Dr. Ilona Jaspers

Ilona Jaspers, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health
Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology
Curriculum in Toxicology & Environmental Medicine
UNC-Chapel Hill


Meghan Rebuli

Dr. Meghan Rebuli

Meghan Rebuli, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology
Curriculum in Toxicology & Environmental Medicine
School of Medicine
UNC-Chapel Hill

 

Co-Investigator

Julia Rager

Dr. Julia Rager

Julia Rager, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Gillings School of Global Public Health
UNC-Chapel Hill