UNC Superfund Research Program
Devising new solutions to minimize risks
The UNC Superfund Research Program (UNC SRP) seeks to develop new solutions for reducing exposure to inorganic arsenic and prevent arsenic-induced diabetes through mechanistic and translational research.
Message from the Director
Rebecca Fry, PhD
Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor
I am excited to lead this talented team to identify the mechanisms that drive inorganic arsenic-induced diabetes. Our goal is to develop new solutions, interventions and treatments to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and other inorganic arsenic-associated diseases.About the UNC Superfund Research Program
Our research interests include:
- Understanding the molecular mechanisms driving arsenic-induced diabetes and identifying potential targets for therapeutic strategies;
- Understanding the interaction between inorganic arsenic exposure and obesity as risk factors for diabetes, and how individuals differ in their susceptibility and risk based on their genes and sex;
- Understanding the role of the gut microbiome in arsenic-induced diabetes to identify potential targets for disease prevention;
- Developing new methods to predict and model contamination of soil and water by toxic metals such as arsenic, vanadium and chromium to better inform well placement and monitoring efforts; and
- Developing new membrane technologies to effectively remove inorganic arsenic and other contaminants from groundwater.