• arabidopsis
    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.
  • A Burn site in Tijuana
    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.
  • los Laureles and San Ysidro
    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.
  • Siliaflourine Polymer
    New UCSD Siliafluorene polymer sensor spray used to image trace TNT explosive particles left on a surface by someone who handled the explosive by fluorescence quenching. An exciting area of research led by, Dr. William Trogler.
  • Imaging Core
    Scanning electron micrograph of Drosophila melanogaster that appeared on the cover of Science magazine (recorded by the UCSD SRP Imaging Core). Sestrins were shown to control ROS output and tissue damage.
  • A solid terrain model our Center uses to locate toxicant hot spots in our study areas. This model represents a digital elevation model of land and sea floor for the Southern California-Northern Baja California region merging data from US and Mexico sources.
  • UCSD Library
    UCSD's distinctive Geisel Library, is named for Theodor Seuss Geisel (better know as "Dr. Seuss") and is featured in UCSD's logo.
  • Leichtag Building
    This building is the home of the UCSD Superfund Research Center and provides a space for cutting-edge biomedical research. Funds for the building were provided by a gift from the Leichtag Family Foundation to provide some of UCSD's most talented scientists a space to make discoveries that will improve the health and well-being of the community.
  • Superfund Sites in the contiguous United States
    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 final National Priority List, yellow is proposed, green is deleted (usually meaning having been cleaned up) [Photo courtesy of, US EPA - Superfund]

Recent News

September 30, 2014
UCSD Superfund investigators, Keith Pezzoli and Wael Al-Delaimy along with their colleagues published two articles that focused on US-Mexico Border environmental health. Click here to read the press release. These articles include: One Bioregion/One Health: An Integrative Narrative for...
September 03, 2014
Dr. Al-Delaimy presented results of the SRC Community Engagement Core's Los Laureles Canyon Toxicant Survey in poster presentation at the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) August 24-28, in Seattle, WA.
July 23, 2014
The UCSD Superfund Research Center, led by the Community Engagement Core and Research Translation Core, has launched a plant-testing program in support of the EPA’s Brownfields Redevelopment Program and Urban Agriculture. The EPA’s Brownfields Program promotes the cleanup and...
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