The University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) strives to reduce the negative health and environmental impacts of chlorinated organic compounds found at Superfund sites across both the Commonwealth and the U.S. Specifically UK-SRC biomedical research examines potential roles for nutritional components and lifestyle choices to minimize negative human health impacts related to chemical exposures, while environmental research examines potential uses of nanotechnology for detecting and cleaning up contaminants before exposure happens.

Through this body of research, together with engagement and translation activities designed to increase the real-world impact of laboratory findings, the UK-SRC works to improve health, reduce exposures, inform decisions, and develop tomorrow's environmental health scientists.

Bernhard Hennig, PhD
UK Superfund Research Center


UK Superfund Trainee Brittany Rice Wins FIERCE Award

Congratulations to UK Superfund Research Center trainee Brittany Rice! Brittany was the Essence Honoree for the UK Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives’ FIERCE Award. The award was presented at the 2nd Annual Sister Circle Forum: The Magic is in Me on February 9, 2018. The Sister Circle Forum is a half day conference...

SRC Trainee Angela Gutierrez featured on UK Sports Radio Network's "UK at the Half"

An interview with SRC Superfund Trainee and 2017 Wetterhahn Award Winner Angela Gutierrez was featured during the"UK at the Half" segment on the UK Sports Radio Network. The interview was aired statewide and beyond on Saturday, January 20th, during the live radio broadcast of the Florida vs. UK men's basketball game.  Angela discussed...

Our Trainees

   Chunyan Wang

Chunyan is a second-year postdoctoral trainee in Dr. Hennig’s lab working on Project #1: Superfund Chemicals, Nutrition, and Endothelial Cell Dysfunction. Her study is focused on how environmental pollutants (e.g. PCBs) influence macrophage polarization and inflammation and nutrition intervention with overall inflammatory responses involved in macrophages in atherosclerosis. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Chunyan plans to seek new challenges in the areas of protecting the environment and living healthier in the future. In addition to her passion for research, she enjoys traveling, photography, and music.