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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. SRP also held several webinar series to feature the work of poster award winners.

Past poster winners include:


Environmental Science and Engineering Poster Winners

  • Kaylie Kirkwood, North Carolina State University: "Evaluating liver lipidome dysregulation following exposure to legacy and emerging per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)"
  • Emily Bonner, Oregon State University: "Evaluating firefighter PAH dermal exposure and turnout gear efficacy with silicone passive sampling"
  • Hannah Starnes, North Carolina State University: "Comparative assessment of PFAS binding affinities for serum albumin across species using Differential Scanning Fluorimetry"

Health Sciences Poster Winners

  • Mikayla Armstrong, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: "New RO membrane post-modification shows promise toward optimization for neutral solute removal from water"
  • Dillion King, Duke University: "Mitochondrial nucleoid dynamics following mtDNA damage"
  • Seonyong Park, University of Michigan: "Gestational exposure to phthalates and phthalate replacements in relation to neurodevelopmental delays in early childhood"


Environmental Science and Engineering Poster Winners

  • Meichen Wang, Texas A&M University: "Testing the Efficacy of Broad-Acting Sorbents for Environmental Mixtures using Isothermal Analysis, Mammalian Cells, and H. vulgaris"
  • Mathew Malecha, Texas A&M University: "Comparing Regional Drivers of Toxics Transferal Risk: Applying the Toxics Mobility Vulnerability Index in San Diego County, CA; Harris County, TX; and the State of Rhode Island"
  • Jessica Beard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: "Atlantic Killifish Retain PAH-Adapted Phenotype Following Elizabeth River Remediation"

Health Sciences Poster Winners

  • Brittany Rice, University of Kentucky: "Lack of Nrf2 Does Not Exacerbate the Detrimental Metabolic Outcomes Caused by In Utero PCB126 Exposure"
  • Jennifer Toyoda, University of Louisville: "Identification and functional characterization of the AHR2-dependent gene, wfikkn1, in zebrafish"
  • Aaron Whitt, University of Louisville: "Exploring the Role of Paraoxonase 2 in Non-small Cell Lung Carcinoma"


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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