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 SRC's Dr. Zach Hilt Named 2019-2020 UK Research Professor

Lexington, KY (May 9, 2019)- Gill Eminent Professor of Chemical Engineering J. Zach Hilt has been named one of the University of Kentucky’s 16 University Research Professors for the 2019-2020 academic year. This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in research and creative work that addresses scientific,...

UK SRC Partners with the Lexington Senior Center to Share Research with Local Community Members

Lexington, KY (April 24, 2019)- The UK Superfund Research Center’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) works with communities to develop strategies that give people the opportunity to actively engage in good nutrition and physical activity to protect their health from environmental pollution. Since 2015, the CEC has been working with the Lexington...

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...

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Brittany Rice

Brittany Rice is a third 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. Brittany is a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholars Program Fellowship Recipient. 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 been recognized for her work encouraging underrepresented students to pursue careers in STEM and the leadership she has shown in campus-wide efforts to increase diversity and inclusion on campus and in the surrounding community. In 2018, she was named the Essence Honoree for the UK Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives’ FIERCE Award and she received the distinguished University of Kentucky Inclusive Excellence Award.