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 Trainee Angela Gutierrez Wins Prestigious Wetterhahn Award

Congratulations to University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK SRC) Trainee Angela Gutierrez, the 20th recipient of the annual Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award! The Wetterhahn Award honors one outstanding National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund...

UK SRC Trainee Hongyi (Derek) Wan Wins Student Poster Award

Congratulations to Ph.D. student and UK Superfund Research Center (SRC) Trainee Hongyi (Derek) Wan, Student Poster Award Winner at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program (SRP) 2017 Annual Meeting. Derek’s poster, “Understanding the role of Fe/Pd nanoparticles in functionalized membrane systems...

Our Trainees

   Nika Larian

Nika is a third year Nutritional Sciences Ph.D. candidate working with Dr. Lisa Cassis on Project #3: Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Nutrition, and Diabetes. She is studying the aryl hydrocarbon receptor, or AHR, a transcription factor with roles in drug metabolism and detoxification. Nika is a former NIH T32 trainee and recipient of the Daniel Reedy Quality Achievement Award, College of Medicine Fellowship for Excellence in Graduate Research, and UK Woman’s Club Fellowship. In addition to research, she is engaged in the local nutrition community through volunteer work at Tweens, Better Bites, Seedleaf, and FoodChain.