Superfund Research Program
Project Leader: Bruce A. Stanton
Grant Number: P42ES007373
Funding Period: 2000-2020
During the past year our Training Core supported two graduate students (Athena Nomikos; Roxanne Karimi) and four postdoctoral fellows; Anne Spuches; Joseph Shaw; Julia Gosse; Tracy Punshon).
Roxanne Karimi is a fourth year Ph.D. student (Biology) continuing toward her Ph.D., working with Carol Folt and Celia Chen on trophic transfer of metals in aquatic species and the energy costs associated with this process. Roxanne expects to complete her degree within the next year. Athena Nomikos is a second year Ph.D. student (Pharmacology & Toxicology) who recently joined the program, working with Joshua Hamilton.
Anne Spuches Ph.D. is a second year postdoctoral fellow working with Dean Wilcox on coordination of toxic metals into zinc finger sites of key proteins such as the glucocorticoid receptor that are the focus of other projects. Dr. Spuches was the 2005 recipient of the NIEHS-SBRP Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award presented at the annual Superfund Meeting in Seattle WA. Dr. Spuches was also invited to NIEHS where she presented her research and met with scientists and staff.
Joseph Shaw Ph.D. is a third year postdoctoral fellow continuing his collaborative studies of metal toxicology in killifish and Daphnia, combining molecular and genomics techniques with ecotoxicology studies. Joe recently received external funding, as a co-investigator, on a research grant with Celia Chen and is also funded on another grant as a co-investigator, and so he will complete his training with the program this year.
Julie Gosse Ph.D. is a first year postdoctoral fellow working with Joshua Hamilton and Bruce Stanton. Tracy Punshon Ph.D. is a new postdoctoral fellow working jointly with Celia Chen and also with Mary Lou Guerinot (Dartmouth faculty, Biology) on a pilot project on toxic metals phytoremediation that is related to our Superfund program’s overall goals.
This year, students funded through the Training Core conducted their own research projects, visited middle school classrooms in the region and collaborated on our Environmental Detectives outreach project and participated in program-sponsored activities such as the Annual Superfund Basic Research Program Meeting. They also attended or presented research in seminars and symposia, retreats and national research meetings such as the Society of Toxicology (SOT), Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), and American Chemical Society (ACS) annual meetings.