Current News and Events

The University of Louisville Superfund Research Center

and Envirome Institute hosted the 

Climate and Health Summit April 15-17, 2024

For all information about this event:

Center Director Sanjay Srivastava gives UofL Department of Medicine Grand Rounds Presentation

entitled, "Environmental Exposure and Cardiometabolic Disease"

To view his talk please see the link

Februay 22, 2024

Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar and his research are featured in a Washington Post article

UofL SRC Deputy Director and Envirome Institute Director Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar talks about the Green Heart Louisville project, a project aimed at studying data generated from planting trees in urban neighborhoods of Lousiville, Kentucky and how they affect human health, in the following article:

 Everyone says trees are good for us. This scientist wants to prove it.



UofL Superfund Trainee Breandon Taylor wins

Poster Award at SRP Annual Meeting

Breandon Taylor won first place in the basic science research catergory at the Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting in December 2023.  His poster was entitled, 

"Effect of Inhaled Benzene Exposure on Vascular Inflammation." 

UofL Superfund Researchers and Trainees Participate in 7th Annual Environmental Justice Conference "Solutions and Outcomes"

 University of Louisville Superfund Research Center Community Engagement, Research Translation, Reseach Experience Training and Coordination Core, and Project 1 Leaders, along with Superfund Trainees, host an exhibitor table and present posters at the 7th Annual Environmental Justice "Solutions and Outcomes" Conference held by the West Jefferson County Community Task Force and Louisville and Kentucky Chapters of the NAACP on September 30th, 2023.  This conference featured local and national speakers on topics of critical environmental importance.  The goal of the UofL SRC table and posters was to inform conference attendees of UofL SRC's commitment to educate community members affected by possible exposures to VOCs and conduct research on the affects of VOCs on health. 

UofL Superfund Researchers develop new method

to conduct untargeted analyis of xenobiotics exposure

in recent cover story in Environmental Science and Technology

The article entitled Global Profiling of Urinary Mercapturic Acids Using Integrated Library-Guided Analysis describes a new method for the untargeted analysis of xenobiotics exposure. This approach will enable us to better analyze chemical exposures at individual level. Dr. Jin Chen, one of our Superfund trainees (Post-Doctoral Fellow supported by NIEHS T32 grant), is the co-first author on this paper.  Link to the article:


UofL Superfund Research Center address

the chemical spill from train derailment in Ohio:

Center director Sanjay Srivastava lends his expertise in news article about the chemical spill

The Lexington Herald-Leader consulted Center Director Sanjay Srivastava to get his input on the level of concern community members in the vacinity of the train derailment as well surrounding areas should have about the detection of vinyl chloride and butyl acrylate in the Ohio River.  Click for the full article below.

UofL Superfund Research Center and vinyl chloride research:

UofL Researchers have been studying vinyl chloride and its effects on health for decades, and the UofL Superfund Research Center is currently involved in studying vinyl chloride and its adverse health effects, particularly on cardiometabolic disease and liver disease. 

Please click here for more information on UofL Superfund Reserach Center studies on vinyl chloride and its effects on health. 


For more information about vinyl chloride and its effects on health please see this article:

Vinyl chloride's invisible threat: Thousands of pounds are released every year in the U.S. as part of "poison plastic" manufacturing

UofL SRC Announces NIEHS Superfund Research Program Grant Renewal at press conference

University of Louisville Superfund Research Program held a press conference to announce the new $10.8 million grant from the NIEHS Superfund Research Program on November 9th.  Interim President Dr. Lori Gonzales, Executive Vice President of Research and Innovation Dr. Kevin Gardner, and UofL Superfund Research Center Director Dr. Sanjay Srivastava made the official announcment.  Here are a few links to view the coverage of this exciting news:


UofL News

Wave3 News

Kentucky Ag Connection




Superfund Trainees hike to Valley of the Drums Superfund Site

UofL SRC Trainees were led by master's sustainability student Samantha Satterly on a hike to the site next to the "Valley of the Drums" or A.L. Taylor Superfund site on October 28, 2022.  The trainees learned that this toxic waste site was used as an uncontrolled industrial chemical waste disposal site.  17,000 drums of unregulated and unreported waste from the paint and coating industries of Louisville collected from 1967 to 1977 were discovered throughout 23 acres in Brooks, KY near Jefferson Memorial Forest in Bullitt County.  The hazardous waste in the drums was burned or found to have leached into the soil and groudwater.  This was one of the main sites that led to the establishment of the Superfund Program.


Dr. Kenneth Ramos

Superfund Distinguished Scientific Scholar Series Presentation

Tuesday, September 6th at 4:00pm UofL Superfund Research Center has invited our first guest for the Superfund Distinguished Scientific Scholar Series.  Dr. Kenneth Ramos will present his work entitled, “Functional Genomics of LINE-1 Retrotransposition: Clinical and Environmental Risk Assessment Considerations.” Dr. Kenneth Ramos is the Chair of UofL Superfund Research Center’s External Advisory Committee, and he is currently the Associate Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University.  He has also served as the Interim Dean for the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona Phoenix and the Chair of Biochemistry here at UofL.  Please see the flyer for more information about the presentation.  All are encourage to attend in person in the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute first floor conference room, but if you would prefer to attend virtually, click on the flyer to directly take you to Microsoft Teams meeting.


UofL Superfund Research Center Addresses Potential Styrene Toxcity with Local Neighborhood Residents


Dr. Sanjay Srivastava attended a meeting organized by Councilwoman Nicole George to address the health concerns of the residents of the Beechmont neighborhood, located in south Louisville, that was the location of an accidental spill of the volatile organic compound styrene.   Dr. Srivastava also addressed the styrene spill on the local news.  Click the following link for the full story:

UofL and UAB Superfund Research Centers

Hold Mini-Syposium March 7, 2022


Click for the Microsoft Teams recording 



UofL Superfund Project 3 develops portable GC/MS to monitor VOCs in indoor and outdoor air


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