• 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
    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.
  • Map of 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

December 15, 2014
Four UCSD students were awarded Global Food Initiative (GFI) Fellowships. UCSD Superfund Research Center’s Brownfield project, a community-university partnership focusing on a 20,000 sq. ft. Brownfield site called the Ocean View Growing Grounds (OVGG), will provide these Fellows with research...
November 17, 2014
UCSD NEWS RELEASE (Heather Buschman, UCSD) Triclosan, a common antimicrobial in personal hygiene products, causes liver fibrosis and cancer in miceTriclosan is an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Despite its widespread use,...
November 15, 2014
The 2014 annual meeting of the Superfund Research Program (SRP), held in San Jose, California, brought together researchers, trainees, and administrators from SRP Research Centers, Research Translation Centers, and Community Engagement Cores from the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The annual meeting brings...
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