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 Researchers Discover Interaction Between Environmental Toxin Exposure, Nutrition and Cardiovascular Disease

In an industrial society, pollutants are everywhere — in the soil, in the air and absorbed in the bodies of most people. Unfortunately, exposure to environmental pollutants associated with chronic disease development is difficult to control. However, people can control what they eat, and healthful dietary choices might help the body put up a natural defense system against the adverse effects of environmental toxicants.

Our Trainees

Jessie B. Hoffman, M.S.

Jessie is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, and received a master of science in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Newberry College in South Carolina. Her research interests include nutritional modifications to reduce inflammation and adverse health effects of environmental pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).