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Our aim is to improve our understanding of the relationship between exposure and disease. Visit our Program Overview page to learn more.


What We Do

The Superfund Research Program at the University of California, Berkeley brings together public health and engineering experts to develop better methods to prevent and remediate contaminated sites and to understand and reduce effects of contamination.

Learn more from these videos about our researchers, their work, and it's importance.

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Understanding how Environmental Toxicants Alter DNA

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Using Yeast to Understand the Toxicity of Environmental Contaminants

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Benzene Exposure and Google Maps

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Plasmonic Mercury Sensing with Gold Nanoparticles

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Superfund Contaminants: The Next Generation

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Activated Persulfate for Remediation of Groundwater Contaminants

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Chris Vulpe on Risk Potential of Cosmetics
Former Project 2 Co-Leader Chris Vulpe is quoted in an article on the risk effects of low-dose exposure to a common cosmetic ingredient. To learn more, click here.

Arsenic and Rice: Translating Research to Address Health Care Providers' Needs
To read the publication, click here.

Martyn Smith speaks at CDPH Seminar
For more information, click here.

UC Berkeley Project 6 Leader David Sedlak is a contributing author to the new book, "Sustainable Water: Challenges and Solutions from California"
For more information, click here

Martyn Smith reflects on the 25 years of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program.
Watch the YouTube video here

Martyn Smith on IARC Working Group
Berkeley SRP Director, Prof. Martyn Smith participated in the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) working group meeting in Lyon June 2-9, 2015 that concluded that Lindane was a Group 1 human carcinogen (the first pesticide to be classified as such); that DDT was a probable human carcinogen (which has widespread implications for malaria control); and, that 2,4-D, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world especially on golf courses and lawns, was a possible human carcinogen.  An IARC press relaease can be found here.  A summary of the final evaluation was published in The Lancet Oncology.

Systems Toxicology Science Symposium: May 19, 2015
Agilent will present a one-day symposium with a number of distinguished thought leaders to discuss implementing integrated systems approaches in their research spanning a range of scientific disciplines.  May 19, 2015, 8:30am to 3:30pm, Berkeley, CA.  For details, click here.

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Recent Publications

Using Exposomics to Assess Cumulative Risks and Promote Health [PDF]

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Information Links

BERC: The Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative.  BERC is a multidisciplinary network of UC Berkeley students, alumni, faculty, industry professionals, and advisors who seek to turn world-leading research into world-changing solutions by tackling tough and timely energy and environmental challenges.  For more information, click here

SPAN: Students, Postdocs, Alumni Network.  SPAN is a group of students, postdocs, and alumni that are or were funded by the Superfund Research Program.  For more information, click here

PEPH: Partnerships for Environmental Public Health.  PEPH offers meetings, workshops, and web seminars as a forum for open exchange of knowledge and information on environmental public health topics.  A list of PEPH events can be found by clicking here