Welcome

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
Director
UK Superfund Research Center

News

UK College of Medicine Postdoc and Superfund Center Trainee Mike Petriello Wins Prestigious NIH Award

UK College of Medicine Postdoc and Superfund Center Trainee Mike Petriello Wins Prestigious NIH Award Mike Petriello, post-doctoral researcher within UK’s Cardiovascular Research Center, has received the prestigious Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This highly competitive career...


UK SRC's Vapor Intrusion Expert Kelly Pennell Featured on Environmental Health Chats Podcast

On July 19, 2018, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' (NIEHS) Partnership for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) released a new podcast featuring UK SRC's Dr. Kelly Pennell, a leading expert in vapor intrusion research. The podcast, Vapor Intrusion and Your Health, is part of PEHP’s podcast series, Environmental Health...


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...


Our Trainees

Molly Frazar

Molly Frazar is entering her second year as a doctoral student in chemical and materials engineering. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas and earned a second B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. She works on Project #4: Biomimetic Magnetic Nanocomposites as a Platform Technology for the Capture and Sensing of PCBs under the guidance of Dr. Zach Hilt and Dr. Thomas Dziubla. Her current research focuses on the development of nanomaterials that will aid in the capture and removal of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from contaminated water systems. Molly enjoys camping, gardening, cooking and listening to UK’s student radio station WRFL 88.1 FM.