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SRP Annual Meeting Poster Winners

Superfund Research Program

In addition to traditional presentations and plenary sessions, the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) Annual Meeting includes a poster session to highlight cutting-edge science by SRP trainees. Each year, the poster competition provides an opportunity for graduate students to explain their innovative research findings and activities. On March 6 and 27, 2017, SRP held a webinar series to feature the work of the 2016 winners.

Past poster winners include:


Environmental Science and Engineering Poster Winners

  • Jessica Ewald, University of Iowa: "Growth of Dehalococcoides and increased abundance of reductive dehalogenase genes in PCB-contaminated sediment microcosms"

  • Shuai Xie, Brown University: "Sorption process of trichloroethylene at low concentration on various building materials"

Health Sciences Poster Winners

  • Zunwei Chen, Texas A&M University: "A compendium of human cell lines from different organs as an in vitro model for rapid grouping of Superfund chemicals into classes"

  • Prarthana Shankar, Oregon State University: "Identification and functional characterization of the AHR2-dependent gene, wfikkn1, in zebrafish"


Environmental Science and Engineering Poster Winners

  • Sara Gushgari, University of California, Berkeley: "Syntrophic Interactions Ameliorate Arsenic Inhibitions on the TCE-Dechlorinating Dehalococcoides mccartyi"

  • Amber Kramer, Oregon State University: "Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) Oxidation During Formation of Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) Particles: Implications for Human Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)"

  • Jean Van Buren, University of California, Berkeley: "Ring-Cleavage Products from Advanced Oxidation of Alkylbenzenes"

Health Sciences Poster Winners

  • Jazmyne Barney, University of Kentucky: "Diet-Induced Steatohepatitis Alters Liver and Gut Microbiota Catalyzed Green Tea Metabolism in Mice"

  • Prarthana Shankar, Oregon State University: "Combination of Developmental Toxicity and Transcriptomic Analyses in Zebrafish to Classify Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)"

  • Brittany Rice, University of Kentucky: "Protective Effects of Maternal Exercise on Male Offspring Born to Mothers Exposed to Polychlorinated Biphenyl 126 (PCB126)"


Environmental Science and Engineering Poster Winners

  • Stephanie Kim, Boston University: "Application of Digital Gene Expression to Identify Adipogenic Gene Signatures of Environmental Metabolism-Disrupting Chemicals"

  • Hongyi Wan, University of Kentucky: "Understanding the Role of Fe/Pd Nanoparticles in Functionalized Membrane Systems for PCB Degradation"

Health Sciences Poster Winners

  • Kelly Fader, Michigan State University: "Dioxin Increases Bone Density in Male and Female Mouse Femurs"

  • Meichen Wang, Texas A&M University: "Development of Broad-Acting Entero-Sorbents for the Mitigation of Superfund Chemicals and Mixtures During Emergencies and Natural Disasters"


Environmental Science and Engineering Poster Winners

  • Ruben Spitz, Brown University: "Breathable Vapor Toxicant Barriers Based on Multilayer Graphene Oxide"

  • James Sanders, University of Maryland, Baltimore County: "Development of a Novel Passive Sampling Strategy for Methylmercury in Sediments and Soils"

  • Elisabeth Feld-Cook, Louisiana State University: "The Effect of Metal Speciation in Fly Ash on Environmentally Persistent Free Radical (EPFR) Formation"

Health Sciences Poster Winners

  • Elana Elkin, University of Michigan: "Effects of the Trichloroethylene Metabolite S-(1,2-dichlorovinyl)-L-cysteine on Mitochondrial Function in Human Cytotrophoblasts"

  • Stephanie Kim, Boston University: "Understanding Tributyltin, an Environmental Obesogen, in Its Engagement of Nuclear Receptor Pathways and Molecular Gene Targets Using Transcriptomics"

  • Hao Wang, University of Washington: "Cadmium Impairs Adult Neurogenesis, Hippocampus-Dependent Memory, and Olfactory Memory in Mice"


Environmental Science and Engineering Poster Winners

  • Andrew Cooper, University of California, San Diego: "Identification of new components in cadmium specific signaling networks"

  • Jing Sun, Columbia University: "Use of reactive transport modeling for understanding and designing the magnetite based arsenic immobilization strategy"

Health Sciences Poster Winners

  • Oluwadamilare Adebambo, North Carolina State University (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill SRP Center): "Synergistic Induction of Metal-Responsive and Oxidative Stress Gene Biomarkers in Placental JEG-3 Cells by Arsenic & Cadmium Mixtures from Hazardous Waste Sites"

  • William Klaren, University of Iowa: "Progression of micronutrient alteration and hepatotoxicity following acute PCB126 exposure"


Environmental Science and Engineering Poster Winners

  • Alden Adrion, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: "Screening Nonionic Surfactants for Enhanced Biodegradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Contaminated Soil"

  • Angela Gutierrez, University of Kentucky: "Development of polyphenolic nanocomposite materials for rapid removal of organic pollutants from contaminated water sources"

Health Sciences Poster Winners

  • Peter William Dornbos, Michigan State University: "The Effects of Genetic Variability on the Shape of a Dose-Response Curve: 2,3,7,8 TCDD induced Suppression of CD40L-activated Human Primary B Cells"

  • Sarah Ann Carratt, University of California, Davis: "Cytotoxicity following naphthalene exposure in microsomal epoxide hydrolase deficient mice"


Environmental Science and Engineering Poster Winners

  • Jing Sun, Columbia University: "Arsenic In-Situ Immobilization by Magnetite Formation within Contaminated Aquifer Sediments"

  • Leslie Knecht, University of Miami: "Sensing Environmental Contaminants with Paper-Based Platforms"

  • Minghui Gui, University of Kentucky: "Chloro-Organic Detoxification by Membrane Supported Iron/Iron Oxide System"

Health Sciences Poster Winners

  • Daniel Gusenleitner, Boston University: "Rodent-based Toxicogenomic Models of Hepatocarcinogenicity"

  • Fabian Grimm, University of Iowa: "High-affinity Interactions between Human Transthyretin and Polychlorinated Biphenyl Sulfates – Implications for Thyroid Disruption and the Development of Anti-amyloid Therapeutics"

  • Peter Wagner, Harvard University: "RNA-seq Gives Insights into Lead Neurotoxicity in Neural Stem Cells"


Environmental Science and Engineering Poster Winners

  • Timothy Jobe, University of California, San Diego: "Regulation of a High Affinity Sulfate Transporter in Glutathione Biosynthesis Mutants Exposed to Cadmium and Arsenic"

  • Sahar Fathordoobadi, University of Arizona: "How Arsenic Fate is Coupled to Sulfur Biomineral Formation in Landfills"

  • Daniel Brown, Duke University: "Sublethal embryonic exposure to complex PAH mixtures alters later life behavior and swimming performance in Fundulus heteroclitus"

Health Sciences Poster Winners

  • Caitlin Howe, Columbia University: "Interplay between S-Adenosyl methionine, folate, cobalamin, and arsenic methylation in Bangladesh"

  • Chase Williams, University of Washington: "Effects of Cadmium on Olfactory Mediated Behaviors and Molecular Biomarkers in Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch)"

  • Erika Fritsch, University of California, Davis: "Non-coplanar PCBs and Ca2+ Signaling in Teleost Species: Addressing Comparative Mechanisms of Toxicity and Developed Resistance in New Bedford Harbor"


Environmental Science and Engineering Poster Winners

  • Corin Hammond, University of Arizona: "Biogeochemical Transformation of Metal(loid)s during Phytostabilization of Iron King Mine Tailings, Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona"

  • Dena Cologgi, Michigan State University: "Novel Mechanism of Uranium Reduction via Microbial Nanowires"

  • Richard Meggo, University of Iowa: "Rhizosphere Biotransformation Products of Selected PCB Cogeners"

Health Sciences Poster Winners

  • Fabian Grimm, University of Iowa: "Sulfated Metabolites of Polychlorinated Biphenyls are High-Affinity Ligands for Human Transthyretin"

  • Lauren Tetz, University of Michigan (Northeastern University SRP Center): "Mono-2-Ethylhexyl Phthalate-Induced Oxidative Stress in Human Placental Cells"

  • Bei Zhang, University of Kentucky: "Cerebrovascular Toxicity of PCBs Bound to Nanoparticles in the Experimental Stroke Model"

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