Superfund Research Program
Research Support Core
Project Leader: Andrew J. Morris
Grant Number: P42ES007380
Funding Period: 2005-2025
Project Summary (2014-2020)
The Research Support Core (RSC) of the University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) provides vital access to expertise, research resources, and state-of-the-art instrumentation to researchers engaged in all aspects of the component biomedical and environmental science research projects. The RSC enhances the productivity, quality, and consistency of these projects by providing a formalized mechanism for access to expert investigators and professional staff and by enabling efficient use of expensive and sophisticated instrumentation that would otherwise be beyond the capabilities of individual laboratories to acquire and support.
To reflect the evolving needs of the participating investigators, the RSC was reorganized to combine activities in systems biology and bioinformatics/ biostatistics into a single “Quantitative Biology” component that provides biostatistics support for experimental design and computational infrastructure for data management, analysis, and sharing. The Core’s analytical capabilities have been greatly expanded and now constitute a “Bioanalytical” component that provides technologies for quantitation and structural analysis of toxins, nutritional protectants and markers and mediators of oxidative stress and inflammation. In addition to their importance to the biomedical component projects, these analytical capabilities are critical for validation of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) sensor/capture technologies, monitoring mechanisms of PCB detoxification and remediation and evaluating toxicities associated with these approaches that are being developed by the non-biomedical projects. The RSC offers an additional range of analytical services that are of specific value to the biomedical projects, is engaged in UK-SRC driven discovery research to identify biomarkers of PCB exposure and nutritional and lifestyle-based interventions that protect from these toxins, and participates in the full repertoire of UK-SRC translational and training/educational functions.