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 Scientists Join International Colleagues to Seek Solutions for Environmental Problems

UK Superfund Scientists Join International Colleagues to Seek Solutions for Environmental Problems June 19, 2018 Almost 13 million people die each year from preventable environmental causes. The World Health Organization reports that 25% of all deaths in children under the age of 5 are due to environmental causes. Established...

UK SRC Graduate Trainee Rishabh Shah Wins KC Donnelly Externship Award

Congratulations to UK SRC Graduate Trainee Rishabh Shah, winner of the prestigious K.C. Donnelly Externship Award! Established in 2011 by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program, this supplemental award provides current SRP-funded graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with translational/...

Our Trainees

   Brittany Rice

Brittany Rice is a second year Nutritional Sciences doctoral student studying developmental programming and toxic exposures. She works in Dr. Kevin Pearson’s lab on Project #2: Postnatal Complications of Perinatal Polychlorinated Biphenyl Exposure. Prior to her doctoral studies, Brittany earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Elizabeth City State University, conducted post baccalaureate research in the area of Molecular Nutrition at Virginia Tech, and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Master’s of Science in Biology. Rice has recently been recognized for her work encouraging underrepresented students to pursue careers in STEM and for her efforts to increase diversity and inclusion on campus and in the surrounding community. On February 9, 2018, she was named the Essence Honoree for the UK Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives’ FIERCE Award and on April 19, 2018, she received the distinguished University of Kentucky Inclusive Excellence Award.