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Your Environment. Your Health.

Training the Next Generation of Environmental Professionals

Superfund Research Program

SRP's greatest assets are the students and professionals our researchers train. We have been able to capture several success stories of past graduates who have continued on to successful careers in various sectors. These stories are highlights from our program and show the diversity of experiences our trainees encounter.


  • Alison Cohen is committed to reducing both the environmental injustices and educational inequalities experienced by those living in disadvantaged urban communities.

  • Brad Newsome sees environmental science research as a way to benefit communities worldwide.

  • Corin Hammond  is a doctoral student at the University of Arizona. She is developing a phytostabilization strategy for the Iron King Mine-Humboldt Smelter Superfund Site.

  • Courtney Kozul Horvath, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College. She obtained her Ph.D. at Dartmouth in 2009. As an SRP-funded graduate student, she researched the toxic effects of arsenic in drinking water on lung function. Her findings received mainstream media attention.

  • Dan Brown wants to understand how early-life exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) affects the development of fish.

  • Elizabeth Hoover works on issues related to environmental justice issues of Native American communities.

  • Kathleen McCarty, Ph.D. is currently an environmental/molecular epidemiologist at Yale University. She received her Doctor of Science degree from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health.

  • Katryn Eske is interested in finding ways to prevent environmentally induced disease through nutrition.

  • Maggie Murphy is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky who is committed to improving our nation’s health through novel research into nutrition and toxicology.

  • Nick Sinnott-Armstrong , a high-school student who completed a summer research project in the Dartmouth College Superfund Research Program, took first prize for his work in a programming contest at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference.

  • Sara Pacheco is a student mentor and promising scientist in the bioinformatics field at Brown University.

  • Sarah Allan  is studying communities and environments impacted by toxic chemicals. She is putting her training to use by monitoring polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • Timberley Roane, Ph.D. graduated from the University of Arizona's Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and currently serves as Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the University of Colorado - Denver's Department of Integrative Biology. Her research interests include microbial communities' response to environmental pressures and the use of bacteria in metal detoxification and mitigation.

  • Xabier Arzuaga, Ph.D. is a former SRP-funded graduate student and post-doctoral researcher from the University of Kentucky. He is now working as a risk assessor and toxicologist for the Integrated Risk Information System at the EPA.

  • Zuzana Majkova, Ph.D. is a post-doctoral researcher in the SRP program at the University of California, Davis. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, which also houses a SRP program.


News Stories

  • Students explore career opportunities at Superfund: SRP trainees and postdocs were given a rare opportunity at the 2011 SRP Annual Meeting: a chance to discuss their careers with NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D.

  • Superfund awards support early-career researchers: Three new researchers are expanding their scientific horizons thanks to a new award established by the SRP.

  • Superfund webinar showcases trainees: The SRP hosts a webinar series to present the research of the students who win the poster contest at the Annual Meeting each year. In addition to hearing about the winners’ research, the series allows young investigators a chance to collaborate and exchange ideas.


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