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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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Allan Smith Featured on CBS News
UC Berkeley SRP Center investigator Allan Smith was featured in a story on CBS morning news as an expert on health effects of arsenic. The story reports on levels of arsenic in top-selling wines. Smith was interviewed because of his expertise on the health effects of arsenic. When asked about 50 parts per billion of arsenic – the highest level found in some wines – Smith said that an estimate of approximately 1 in 100 people who drink water with that level of arsenic during their life will ultimately die from arsenic, mostly due to cancers.

Sylvia Sanchez profiled in NIEHS e-Posted Notes
UC Berkeley SRP Trainee Sylvia Sanchez was profiled in the current issue of the NIEHS e-Posted Notes "Trainee Spolight". View profile.


Fenna Sillé, a UCB SRP Postdoc Trainee is shown here with NIEHS Grant Officer Michelle Heacock by Fenna's poster at the 2015 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 22-26. Dr. Sillé received both the "Immunotoxiclogy Young Investigator Travel Award” and the "2015 NorCal Postdoctoral Achievement Award". Other UCB Trainees presenting posters are Sarah Daniels, Sylvia Sanchez, and Phum Tachachartvanich.  Adjunct Professor Luoping Zhang, Co-Leader of Project 2, also presented a poster.

Sarah Daniels awarded fellowship
Sarah Daniels, a PhD candidate and SRP Trainee working with Martyn Smith and Luoping Zhang, was awarded a Soroptimist International Founder Region Fellowship.  The Soroptimist mission is to improve the lives of women and girls locally and globally by giving fellowships to women who will truly make a difference in the world and the fellowship is awarded to selected applicants in the final phase of their doctoral degree. To read more, click here.

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Smith AH, Marshall G, Yuan Y, Steinmaus C, Liaw J, Smith MT, Wood L, Heirich M, Fritzemeier RM, Pegram MD, Ferreccio C (2014) Rapid Reduction in Breast Cancer Mortality with Inorganic Arsenic in Drinking Water. EBioMedicine. In Press. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2014.10.0. [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