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Person Details: Jose Manuel Cerrato

Superfund Research Program

Jose Manuel Cerrato

University of New Mexico
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001
Phone: 505-272-1299


Research Briefs



  • Hoover JH, Bolt AM, Burchiel SW, Cerrato JM, Dashner-Titus EJ, Erdei E, Hayek EE, Hudson LG, Gonzalez-Estrella J, Luo L, MacKenzie D, Medina S, Schilz JR, Velasco CA, Zychowski KE, Lewis JL. A transdisciplinary approach for studying uranium mobility, exposure, and human health impacts on tribal lands in the southwest, United States. In: Practical Applications of Medical Geology. Springer,


  • Hayek EE, Castillo EF, In JG, Garcia M, Cerrato JM, Brearley AJ, Gonzalez-Estrella J, Herbert G, Bleske B, Benavidez A, Hsiao H, Yin L, Campen M, Yu X. 2023. Photoaging of polystyrene microspheres causes oxidative alterations to surface physicochemistry and enhances airway epithelial toxicity. Toxicol Sci doi:10.1093/toxsci/kfad023 PMID:36881996 PMCID:PMC10176241
  • Meza I, Gonzalez-Estrella J, Burns PC, Rodriguez V, Velasco CA, Sigmon GE, Szymanowski JE, Forbes T, Applegate LM, Ali AS, Lichtner PC, Cerrato JM. 2023. Solubility and thermodynamic investigation of meta-autunite group uranyl arsenate solids with monovalent cations Na and K. Environ Sci Technol 57(1):255-265. doi:10.1021/acs.est.2c06648 PMID:36525634 PMCID:PMC10039619
  • Meza I, Hua H, Gagnon K, Mulchandani A, Gonzalez-Estrella J, Burns PC, Ali AS, Spilde MN, Peterson EJ, Lichtner PC, Cerrato JM. 2023. Removal of aqueous uranyl and arsenate mixtures after reaction with limestone, PO4 3-, and Ca2. Environ Sci Technol 47(49):20881-20892. doi:10.1021/acs.est.3c03809 PMID:38019567 PMCID:PMC10739782
  • Meza I, Jemison N, Gonzalez-Estrella J, Burns PC, Rodriguez V, Sigmon GE, Szymanowski JE, Ali AS, Gagnon K, Cerrato JM, Lichtner PC. 2023. Kinetics of Na- and K- uranyl arsenate dissolution. Chemical Geology 636:121642. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2023.121642
  • Portman TA, Granath A, Mann M, Hayek EE, Herzer K, Cerrato JM, Rudgers JA. 2023. Characterization of root-associated fungi and reduced plant growth in soils from a New Mexico uranium mine. Mycologia 1-13. doi:10.1080/00275514.2022.2156746 PMID:36857605 PMCID:PMC10089371


  • DeVore C, Rodriguez-Freire L, Villa N, Soleimanifar M, Gonzalez-Estrella J, Ali AS, Lezama-Pacheco JS, Ducheneaux C, Cerrato JM. 2022. Mobilization of As, Fe, and Mn from contaminated sediment in aerobic and anaerobic conditions: chemical or microbiological triggers?. ACS Earth Space Chem 6(7):1644-1654. doi:10.1021/acsearthspacechem.1c00370 PMID:36238447 PMCID:PMC9555341
  • Shaikh N, Qian J, Kim S, Phan H, Lezama-Pacheco JS, Ali AS, Cwiertny DM, Forbes T, Haes AJ, Cerrato JM. 2022. U(VI) binding onto electrospun polymers functionalized with phosphonate surfactants. J Environ Chem Eng 10(5):108448. doi:10.1016/j.jece.2022.108448 PMID:36060014 PMCID:PMC9435318


  • De Vore CL, Hayek EE, Long B, Busch T, Mann M, Rudgers JA, Ali AS, Howard T, Spilde MN, Brearley AJ, Ducheneaux C, Cerrato JM. 2021. Arsenic accumulation in hydroponically grown Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) amended with root-colonizing endophytes. ACS Earth Space Chem 5(6):1278-1287. doi:10.1021/acsearthspacechem.0c00302 PMID:34308092 PMCID:PMC8302048
  • Hayek EE, Medina S, Guo J, Noureddine A, Zychowski KE, Hunter R, Velasco CA, Wiesse M, Maestas-Olguin A, Brinker CJ, Brearley AJ, Spilde MN, Howard T, Lauer FT, Herbert G, Ali AS, Burchiel SW, Campen M, Cerrato JM. 2021. Uptake and toxicity of respirable carbon-rich uranium-bearing particles: Insights into the role of particulates in uranium toxicity. Environ Sci Technol 55(14):9949-9957. doi:10.1021/acs.est.1c01205 PMID:34235927 PMCID:PMC8413144
  • Rodriguez-Freire L, DeVore C, Hayek EE, Berti D, Ali AS, Lezama-Pacheco JS, Blake JM, Spilde MN, Brearley AJ, Artyushkova K, Cerrato JM. 2021. Emerging investigator series: entrapment of uranium-phosphorus nanocrystals inside root cells of Tamarix plants from a mine waste site. Environ Sci Process Impacts 23:73-85. doi:10.1039/d0em00306a PMID:33325952
  • Velasco CA, Brearley AJ, Gonzalez-Estrella J, Ali AS, Meza MI, Cabaniss S, Thomson BM, Forbes T, Lezama-Pacheco JS, Cerrato JM. 2021. From adsorption to precipitation of U(VI): What is the role of pH and natural organic matter?. Environ Sci Technol 55(23):16246-16256. doi:10.1021/acs.est.1c05429 PMID:34797046
  • Wilson A, Velasco CA, Herbert G, Lucas S, Sanchez B, Cerrato JM, Spilde MN, Li Q, Campen M, Zychowski KE. 2021. Mine-site derived particulate matter exposure exacerbates neurological and pulmonary inflammatory outcomes in an autoimmune mouse model. J Toxicol Environ Health A 84(12):503-517. doi:10.1080/15287394.2021.1891488 PMID:33682625 PMCID:PMC8052313


  • Avasarala S, Brearley AJ, Spilde MN, Peterson EJ, Jiang Y, Benavidez A, Cerrato JM. 2020. Crystal chemistry of carnotite in abandoned mine wastes. Minerals 10(10):883. doi:10.3390/min10100883
  • Gonzalez-Estrella J, Meza I, Burns A, Ali AS, Lezama-Pacheco JS, Lichtner PC, Shaikh N, Fendorf S, Cerrato JM. 2020. Effect of Bicarbonate, Calcium, and pH on the Reactivity of As(V) and U(VI) Mixtures. Environ Sci Technol 54:3979-3987. doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b06063 PMID:32176846 PMCID:PMC7189768
  • Johns A, Qian J, Carolan M, Shaikh N, Peroutka A, Seeger A, Cerrato JM, Forbes T, Cwiertny DM. 2020. Functionalized electrospun polymer nanofibers for treatment of water contaminated with uranium. Environ Sci-Wat Res 6(3):622-634. doi:10.1039/C9EW00834A


  • Avasarala S, Torres C, Ali AS, Thomson BM, Spilde MN, Peterson EJ, Artyushkova K, Dobrica E, Lezama-Pacheco JS, Cerrato JM. 2019. Effect of bicarbonate and oxidizing conditions on U (IV) and U (VI) reactivity in mineralized deposits of New Mexico. Chemical Geology 524:345-355. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2019.07.007 PMID:31406388 PMCID:PMC6690612
  • Blake JM, Avasarala S, Ali AS, Spilde MN, Lezama-Pacheco JS, Latta DE, Artyushkova K, Ilgen A, Shuey CL, Nez C, Cerrato JM. 2019. Reactivity of As and U co-occurring in mine wastes in northeastern Arizona. Chemical Geology 522:26-37. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2019.05.024 PMID:31371834 PMCID:PMC6675030
  • DeVore C, Rodriguez-Freire L, Mehdi-Ali A, Ducheneaux C, Artyushkova K, Zhou Z, Latta DE, Lueth VW, Gonzales M, Lewis JL, Cerrato JM. 2019. Effect of bicarbonate and phosphate on arsenic release from mining-impacted sediments in the Cheyenne River watershed, South Dakota, USA. Environ Sci Process Impacts 21(3):456-468. doi:10.1039/c8em00461g PMID:30714588 PMCID:PMC6474758
  • Hayek EE, Brearley AJ, Howard T, Hudson P, Torres C, Spilde MN, Cabaniss S, Ali AS, Cerrato JM. 2019. Calcium in carbonate water facilitates the transport of U(VI) in brassica juncea roots and enables root-to-shoot translocation. ACS Earth Space Chem 3(10):2190-2196. doi:10.1021/acsearthspacechem.9b00171 PMID:31742240 PMCID:PMC6859903
  • Velasco CA, Artyushkova K, Ali AS, Osburn CL, Gonzalez-Estrella J, Lezama Pacheco J, Cabaniss S, Cerrato JM. 2019. Organic functional group chemistry in mineralized deposits containing U(IV) and U(VI) from the Jackpile Mine in New Mexico. Environ Sci Technol 53(10):5758-5767. doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b00407 PMID:30998849 PMCID:PMC6557721


  • Hayek EE, Torres C, Rodriguez-Freire L, Blake JM, De Vore CL, Brearley AJ, Spilde MN, Cabaniss S, Ali AS, Cerrato JM. 2018. Effect of calcium on the bioavailability of dissolved uranium(VI) in plant roots under circumneutral pH. Environ Sci Technol 52(22):13089-13098. doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b02724 PMID:30412391
  • Zychowski KE, Kodali V, Harmon M, Tyler CR, Sanchez B, Suarez YO, Herbert G, Wheeler A, Avasarala S, Cerrato JM, Kunda NK, Muttil P, Shuey CL, Brearley AJ, Ali AS, Lin Y, Shoeb M, Erdely A, Campen M. 2018. Respirable Uranyl-Vanadate-Containing Particulate Matter Derived From a Legacy Uranium Mine Site Exhibits Potentiated Cardiopulmonary Toxicity. Toxicol Sci 164:101-114. doi:10.1093/toxsci/kfy064 PMID:29660078 PMCID:PMC6016706


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