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 Hosts UofL SRC for Immersive Two-Day Trainee Event

Lexington, KY (July 15, 2019)- On July 10th and 11th, the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK SRC) hosted trainees from the University of Louisville Superfund Research Center for a two-day event that included information exchange among trainees from both centers, group presentations and discussion, tours of some of UK’s labs, and...

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...

Our Trainees

Kara Ufuoma

Kara Ufuoma is a first year chemical engineering PhD student in Dr. Dibakar Bhattacharyya’s lab working on Project #5: Chloro-Organic Degradation by Polymer Membrane Immobilized Iron-Based Particle Systems. His current research project focuses on modelling the degradation kinetics of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) using Palladium and Iron (Pd/Fe) bimetallic nanoparticles immobilized within the pores of membranes. Ufuoma obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Benin in Nigeria and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Cleveland State University in Ohio. Outside of the lab, Ufuoma enjoys cycling, cooking, running, playing soccer, and keeping in touch with family and friends in Nigeria.