• Hybrid Hepatocytes (green) are found in the portal triad of a normal liver
    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 elected to NAS
    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
    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)
  • Arabidopsis thaliana is a small flowering plant that is widely used as a model organism in plant biology.
    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, Mexico
    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, Mexico
    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.
  • Drosophila (Fruit fly) - UCSD SRC 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.
  • Solid Terrian Model - Southern California/Northern Baja California region
    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.
  • The UCSD Geisel Library
    UCSD's distinctive Geisel Library, is named for Theodor Seuss Geisel (better know as "Dr. Seuss") and is featured in UCSD's logo.
  • The Leichtag Biomedical Research Building (LBR)
    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 USA
    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]

Recent News

November 30, 2015
Andrew Cooper won the Best Student Poster Award for Environmental Science and Engineering at the 2015 Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico. The poster was titled Identification of new components in cadmium-specific signaling networks. While much of the heavy metal...
November 10, 2015
UCSD SRC's Brownfield Redevelopment Project was featured in a recent article in University of California News titled The Research that's changing U.S. Food Policy. Click here to read the article. The focus was the The UC Global Food Initiative’s aim to raise awareness of UC's role in...
October 07, 2015
NIEHS Research BriefSuperfund Research Program - Research Brief [250]Intestinal Microbes Protect the Liver and Prevent Liver Fibrosis View Research Brief as PDF(396KB)Release Date: 10/07/2015Bacteria and other microbes in the intestines prevent liver fibrosis, or scarring, upon chronic liver...
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Hybrid hepatocytes

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.

Congratulations Dr. Julian Schroeder!

Julian Schroeder, is among five professors at UC San Diego recently elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Congratulations Julian!

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