The University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UKSRC), funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), integrates multidisciplinary research, training, and stakeholder engagement around a common theme: reducing health risks posed by environmental contaminants in vulnerable communities. Specifically, we focus on investigating the impact of persistent halogenated organics (e.g. PCBs, PCE, TCE, and PFAS), reducing the toxic effects of these chemicals, and probing the unique challenges posed to under-resourced communities with health disparities. We use an intervention and prevention paradigm by promoting healthy lifestyles (i.e., healthful nutrition and increased physical activity) as a means to reduce the disease risks associated with exposure to Superfund pollutants and design engineered solutions that reduce future exposures through innovative sensing, remediation and fate and transport science.
UKSRC leverages the expertise of prominent and promising scholars who bring diverse disciplinary perspectives to the challenges that are central to our goals. It is deeply committed to achieving research excellence and to improving science, policy decision-making, and to working in partnership with our community stakeholders to promote health and well-being of the people living in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.
Rishabh Shah is a Chemical Engineering PhD student working under the direction of Dr. Zach Hilt and Dr. Thomas Dziubla on Project #3: Responsive Membranes and Advanced Materials for Sensing and Remediation of Halo-organics. Shah has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India. His doctoral research focuses specifically on the development of novel polyphenolic polymers to capture PCBs from the environment. He also serves as a Trainee Leadership Scholar for Core E: Research Experience and Training Coordination Core where he is responsible for setting up monthly trainee meetings and preparing the monthly newsletter, Trainee Highlights. In addition to his passion for research, Shah enjoys exercising and playing cricket and racquetball.
July 29, 2020
UK SRC PI Kevin Pearson receives the UK Office of Institutional Diversity's 2020 Inclusive Excellence Recognition Award.
July 23, 2020
Three UKSRC Investigators have received funding to support the development of face masks that offer protection from coronavirus.
April 20, 2020
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has awarded the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) a five-year, $8.7 million grant to conduct research aimed at better understanding and minimizing the negative health and environmental impacts of chlorinated organic compounds found at Superfund sites across the Commonwealth and the U.S.