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.


UK-SRC Trainees Discuss Center Research in EPA Webinar

(August 24, 2015)  UK-SRC trainees Angela Gutierrez and Michael Petriello provided an overview of Center science, engagement, and translation in today's US EPA Progress-in-Research Webinar Series, sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division.

Engineering Better Drug Delivery

(August 18)  Tom Dzublia, Gill Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky, studies antioxidant polymers, working to answer the question, "Can we take a material and develop it from things that are antioxidant and turn it into a biocompatible material?" Why? So we can treat a number of oxidative stress diseases, where antioxidants are believed to be beneficial.

Our Trainees

Angela Gutiérrez

Angela Gutiérrez is a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering and a Superfund Trainee at the University of Kentucky. Her work focuses on the development of novel and cost-effective materials for environmental remediation, specifically polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) clean-up from contaminated water sources. She received a dual B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Universidad de Los Andes in Columbia (South America).