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.


Gaetke Presents at Harlan County Extension Depot

Under a National Institute of Health grant, Lisa Gaetke, professor at the University of Kentucky and teacher in the Dietetic and Human Nutrition Department, spoke at the Harlan County Extension Depot on Thursday.

Wahlang Presents Research at 18th Annual Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day

Postdoctoral trainee, Banrida Wahlang presented a poster entitled, "Polychlorinated biphenyl exposure alters the expression profile of MiroRNAs associated with vascular diseases" at the 18th Annual Gill Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Day on October 2, 2015.  UK-SRC trainees Mike Petriello, Jessie Hoffman, and Jordan Perkins also attended the meeting.

Our Trainees

Jordan Perkins

Jordan is a current MPH student and received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Following graduate school, Perkins later enrolled in the Master of Public program at the University of Kentucky and is now a graduate student and laboratory manager in Dr. Bernhard Hennig’s laboratory. Perkins is currently working on ways to examine mixtures of environmental pollutants. His future research goals include investigating how environmental pollutants modulate the immune system and how these changes affect the progress of cardiovascular disease.