U.S. Department of Energy

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

OSU-PNNL Superfund Research center

Directed by Dr. Robert Tanguay, the Superfund Research Program (SRP) at Oregon State University was established in 2009 and brings together a multidisciplinary team with years of experience in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and environmental health issues. Investigators emphasize basic and applied research using state-of-the-art techniques to better understand PAHs and their impacts on human and ecological health. 

In partnership with OSU, and other stakeholders and collaborators, we are developing new technologies to identify and quantitate known and novel PAHs found at many of the nation’s Superfund sites and assess the risk they pose for human health.

The research projects in the program collect large amounts of molecular and chemical data. This data includes measuring PAH mixtures in environmental samples, determining toxicity of PAH mixtures, and the mechanism(s) of action for these toxic endpoints.

The Biostatistics and Modeling Core, lead by PNNL's Katrina Waters, greatly enhances the program by providing expert statistical and bioinformatics data analysis support and software solutions for data management and interpretation.


Dr. Katrina Waters is the division director for Biological Sciences at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  Waters has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and more than 15 years of experience in microarray and proteomics data analysis. Her research...
Dr. Dennis Thomas is a computational scientist with over 15 years of experience in applying mathematical modeling and computational methods to predict and understand the behavior of dynamic systems, in the area of fluid mechanics, complex fluid...
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