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.


High School Student Uses AROMA-VOC in Research with the University of Kentucky

Over the last two years, Benjamin Bratten, a high school senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has been working to study sewer pipe leakage and cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) emissions. He has had a “secret weapon” on his side: AROMA-VOC. Bratten works with Kelly Pennell, Director of the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center, where they have access to cutting-edge research tools including AROMA-VOC.

Women Making History Series Kicks Off with Isabel Escobar on ‘Behind the Blue’

Throughout March for Women’s History Month, the University of Kentucky is spotlighting Women Making History. These women are leading their fields of research, crossing traditional academic boundaries and impacting Kentucky’s most pressing challenges including opioid use disorder treatment, aging and Alzheimer’s, water and air filtration, environmental impacts on health and suicide prevention.

Molly Frazar was interviewed by WEKU on her research and recent Karen Wetterhahn memorial award

Tune in on Thursday, February 17 11am EST and 8pm EST on 88.9 WEKU.