UNC Superfund Research Program
Devising new solutions to minimize risks
The UNC-Superfund Research Program (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.