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’s Superfund Research Center Receives $8.7 Million

UK’s Superfund Research Center Receives $8.7 Million By Elizabeth Chapin April 20, 2020   UK Superfund Research Center director Bernhard Hennig (right) with doctoral students who are part of the center’s “Project #1,” which examines how nutrients affect toxicity caused by PCBs in vascular...

UK's Superfund Research Center connects with community for a healthier Kentucky

UK's Superfund Research Center connects with community for a healthier Kentucky By Elizabeth Chapin March 5, 2020 Video by Research Communications LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 5, 2020) – To fight the negative health effects of environmental toxins, reach for more fruits and vegetables – that’s the...

Postdoctoral Trainee Dr. Pan Deng Featured in UKNow News Story

On January 30, 2020, UK's internal news source UKNow published a story and video featuring the work of Dr. Pan Deng, Project 1 Postdoctoral Trainee. The article and video discuss Dr. Deng's research which shows that a diet high in fiber could possibly reverse the adverse effects that environmental toxins have on cardiovascular health....

Our Trainees

Pan Deng

Dr. Pan Deng is a postdoctoral scholar working in Dr. Bernhard Hennig’s lab on Project #1: Superfund Chemicals, Nutrition, and Endothelial Cell Dysfunction. Dr. Deng’s research focuses on the effects of environmental pollutants and dietary intervention on human health. She earned her Ph.D. in China in pharmaceutical analysis. Her doctoral research investigated the metabolism of cardiovascular drugs, which revealed novel metabolites that contribute to drug efficacy and toxicity. She also developed new analytical methods for lipids analysis that supported drug development research. These projects solidified her interest in cardiovascular disease and introduced her to lipidomics and metabolomics as systems biology approaches to studying disease mechanisms. She applies her diverse breadth of skills at UK SRC to investigate metabolism disturbances induced by chemical hazards and underlying cardiovascular disease risks. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.