- The UCSD Superfund Research Center at the University of California, San Diego will be active for an additional five years (2017-2022), thanks to another round of renewed funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- The NAFLD Research Center brings together multiple specialists from UCSD and elsewhere. This Center will include the efforts of UCSD-SRC investigators, Drs. Rohit Loomba, David A. Brenner, Michael Karin, and Robert H. Tukey.
- San Diego is home to 41 of the most influential researchers in the world (annual Thomson Reuters report). Drs. Michael Karin, Julian Schroeder, and Roger Tsien.
- Dr. Keith Pezzoli was among 10 University of California faculty winners announced by UC President Janet Napolitano as recipients of the Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives. Napolitano made the announcement during her remarks at the UC Board of Regents on Nov. 19. CONGRATULATIONS!
- Newly Discovered "Hybrid hepatocytes" Cells Regenerate Liver Tissue Without Forming Tumors. These cells proliferate and replenish liver mass after chronic liver injuries in mice. The new research study was published on August 13 in Cell, led by Dr. Michael Karin of the UCSD SRC - Project 1 [Image: Hybrid Hepatocytes (green) are found in the portal triad of a normal liver].
- Dr. Julian Schroeder, Project Leader of Superfund Project 7, distinguished professor of biology and co-director of UC San Diego Center for Food and Fuel for the 21st Century, was among five professors at UC San Diego recently elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on U.S. scientists and engineers. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
- Triclosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to the chemical. Triclosan causes liver fibrosis and cancer in laboratory mice through molecular mechanisms that are also relevant in humans. (Published Nov. 17 PNAS)
- Roots from Arabidopsis plants that accumulate metals bind to phytochelatins, which are engineered to fluoresce upon association with metals. This is an image from the research conducted within our Center led by Project Leader, Dr. Julian Schroeder.
- Members of our Community Engagement Core often visit communities that are exposed to land where the burning of trash and other man-made materials expose a risk to the people who live in the nearby communities.
- Researchers within our Center, UCSD and from Mexico, collaborate to address the environmental challenges in Los Laureles, a canyon that is home to 65,000 people in Tijuana and spills into the sensitive wetlands of the Tijuana Estuary in California.
- Map of Superfund sites in the contiguous United States. A Superfund site is an uncontrolled or abandoned place where hazardous waste is located, possibly affecting local ecosystems or people. Red indicates currently on National Priority List, yellow is proposed, green is deleted (usually meaning having been cleaned up) [Photo courtesy: US EPA - Superfund]
The objective of the UCSD Superfund Research Center (SRC) is to generate new perspectives on the molecular and genetic basis of the biological effects of toxicant exposure, leading to new methodologies for gauging health risks and assessing health effects; innovative detection and monitoring systems for toxicity; and novel models for bioremediation. Learn More
The UCSD-SRC will be active for an additional five years (2017-2022), thanks to another round of renewed funding from NIEHS/NIH.
Keith Pezzoli, Ph.D., received an Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives from Janet Napolitano, J.D., president of the UC system.
Newly Discovered Cells Regenerate Liver Tissue Without Forming Tumors. The study, published August 13 in Cell, is the first to identify these so-called “hybrid hepatocytes,” and show that they are able to regenerate liver tissue without giving rise to cancer.
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