Welcome to the UC Davis Superfund Research Program!
This Program, now in its 27th year, consists of seven integrated research projects (four biomedical and three non-biomedical), two research support cores, a training core, a research translation core, and an administrative core to address these problems. We are determining the fate and transport of hazardous materials in ground water, surface water, and air as they move from toxic waste sites using classical and innovative methodologies. We are examining the effect of some of these materials using an epidemiological approach. Concurrently, we are developing sensitive systems for evaluating the exposure and effect of populations to these materials. Immunochemical, cell-based and other systems are being used to detect biomarkers. Development of these biomarkers is based on a fundamental understanding of the toxicological processes involved. The project emphasizes multiple organ systems with an in vivo emphasis on pulmonary and reproductive effects. We also explore new technologies for thermal and bioremediation of toxic waste and address possible health risks associated with these technologies. Rapid immunochemical and cell-based analysis supplement classical technologies for the evaluation of sites, validating models of transport from these sites, as well as determining human susceptibility, exposure and effect. Modern mass spectral technology is being evaluated for monitoring parent hazardous chemicals as well as biomarkers of exposure and effect. We are expanding the use of transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and integrated bioinformatics technologies to discover new mechanisms of action of hazardous materials and biomarkers for their action.
The biomarkers developed in this project will serve as biological dosimeters in epidemiological and ecological studies in this and sister projects. The technologies developed are tested at field sites and transferred to end users through a research translation core.