The Training Core supports graduate and postdoctoral level cross-disciplinary training in fields related to environmental health and environmental science/engineering. The SRP Trainees within the Core are supported directly by the Center or performing research/activities that are supported by the Center.

The Training Core provides vital technical cross-training to the diverse trainees who are either involved or interested in the real-world problems facing the Superfund program.

Collaboration with the Research Translation Core (RTC) exposes trainees to risk-based decision making. Working with the Community Engagement Core (CEC) helps the trainees respect cultural nuances when working with local communities.

The specific objectives for the SRP Training Core include:

  1. Recruit a diverse cohort of trainees to the Superfund Program.
  2. Individualize interdisciplinary training to provide structured professional development and the practical training needed to support superfund research projects and tackle emerging issues.
  3. Integrate didactic training in environmental chemistry, molecular toxicology, risk assessment, public health, and ethics with experiential programs that address the complex problems concerning PAH mixtures.
  4. Provide experiential learning to engage trainees from OSU and regional SRPs to work with communities and to translate complex research findings for multiple audiences.
  5. Coordinate evaluation and reporting of training outcomes.

Leader: Dr. Craig Marcus, Head, OSU Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology

Co-Leader: Dr. Stacey Harper, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology

SRP Trainee Leadership Committee: 

  • Mike Garland (Project 3)
  • Carolyn Poutasse (Project 4)
  • Amber Kramer (Project 5)

 Current OSU SRP Trainees


Environmental Health Science Trainee Colloquium

OSU SRP Trainee Forms


2015 Trainee Achievements
  • Holly Dixon (Project 4 Trainee) has been recognized as an Oregon State University ARCS Scholar (https://www.arcsfoundation.org/portland/). This award is for an incoming or new PhD student in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. As an ARCS Scholar she will receive a generous stipend each year for 3 years to support her graduate studies. These funds will be in addition to her base support from the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology and may be used by the awardee for any purpose.
  • Leah Chibwe (Project 5 Trainee) has been selected as a winner of one of the 2015 Graduate Student Paper Awards.  This is the highest award given to students by the Division of Environmental Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. Leah will present her paper (“Aerobic Bioremediation of PAH Contaminated Soil Results in Increased Toxicity and No Change in Excess Lifetime Cancer Risk”) this fall in Boston at the special C. Ellen Gonter Environmental Chemistry Awards Symposium.
  • EMT Research Day Student Awards: Poster Winners - First Place: Blair Paulik (Project 4), “What’s in the air? Using passive sampling to study fracking”, Second Place: Anna Chlebowski (Project 5), “Quantitative analysis of PAH and NPAh sorption to polystyrene 96-well plates”, Third Place: Andrea Knecht (Project 3), “Developmental Exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Affects Behavior and Energetics in Larval and Adult Zebrafish” Platform winners - Second Place: (Tie) Leah Chibwe (Project 5), “ Identification and toxicity of polycylic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) transformation products in bioremediated soils” and Erin Madeen (Project 1), “Assessment of a human cytochrome P450 1B1 transgenic mouse model of cancer”
  • Leah Chibwe (Project 5 Trainee) received one of the 2015 Graduate Student Awards in Environmental Chemistry from the Division of Environmental Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.
2014 Achievements
  • Andres Cardenas (SRP Trainee, CEC & Proj 1) attended the Prenatal and Perinatal Toxicology Conference in Boston, MA where he presented his research on “In Utero Arsenic Exposure and Epigenome-Wide Association in Placenta, Artery and HUVEC”.
  • PostDoc Trainee Tod Harper won “Best Postdoctoral Presentation” at PANWAT (Pacific Northwest Association of Toxicologists).  Tod was also awarded a Student/New Investigator Travel award to attend the EMGS (Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society) meeting in Orlando.  While at the meeting he won "Runner Up (2nd place) for New Investigator Poster Presentation" for poster titled "Analysis of dibenzo[def,p]chrysene adduct formation in a transplacental chemoprevention model using stable isotope dilution UPLC-MS/MS”.
  • Trainee Andres Cardenas is a winner of a 2014 KC Donnelly Externship Award. He will spend 8 weeks at the Dartmouth SRP Center.
  • Trainee Leah Chibwe has received an Emerging Leader Award from the Division of Environmental Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. She will be recognized at the Annual Meeting in August 2014 in San Francisco.
2013 Achievements
  • Trainee Posters and Presentations at the 2013 International Symposium on Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (ISPAC 2013) conference, held on September 8-12, 2013, at Oregon State University.
  • Andy Larkin won a travel award to present a poster at The Pacific Basin Corsortium for Environment and Health in Hawaii from Sept. 24-26, 2013.  His abstract is entitled: "Adapting Technology Acceptance and Simplification models for Sharing Environmental Research with the General Public".
  • The Awards & Honors Committee of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS) has selected Andy Larkin to receive one of the EMGS Student and New Investigator Travel Awards for 2013. This is a merit-based award in recognition of the excellence of his research progress and promise as a long-term contributor to research in topics related to the mission of EMGS. Andy will attend the EMGS Annual Meeting in Monterey, Sept. 21-25, 2013.
  • OSU SRP has received two KC Donnelly Externship Award from NIEHS for 2013:
    Trainee Leah Chibwe, working in Dr. Staci Simonich's laboratory and Trainee Erin Madeen, working in Dr. Dave William's laboratory. In addition to these awards, Audrey Bone from the Duke SRP has received a 2013 KC Donnelly Externship Award to work here at the OSU SRP under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Tanguay.
  • Andy Larkin received a $1000 travel award to the 13th International Congress on Combustion By-Products and Their Health Effects. 
  • SRP Trainee Andy Larkin won 2nd place in the Scholars' Insights competition in which 32 graduate students shared their research to the public in 3-minutes with one slide. See the video on YouTube.
  • Andy Larkin presented a poster at SOT 2013 entitled, "Smartphone technologies coupled with environmental models allow for large scale community outreach and risk assessment".
  • Oleksii Motorykin has received a second very prestigious award from the Division of Environmental Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.  He has been selected as a winner of one of the 2013 Graduate Student Paper Awards. This is the highest award given to students by the Division of Environmental Chemistry to its student members.  The paper for which he is receiving the award is: O. Motorykin, M. Matzke, K. Waters, S. Massey Simonich*.  “Association of Carcinogenic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Emissions and Smoking with Lung Cancer Mortality Rates on a Global Scale”.  Environmental Science and Technology, in press.
  • Erin Madeen received a RSESS Travel Award to go to the 2013 annual SOT meeting in March. The poster she presented was entitled, "In Vivo human pharmacokinetics of dibenzo[def,p]chrysene (DBC) following microdosing. Bridging the gap between high dose animal data and environmentally relevant human exposures".  She also won the Diversity Advancement Pipeline Fellowship from the OSU Provost's office.
  • Oleksii Motorykin, working in Dr. Staci Simonich's laboratory, has been selected as a winner of  an American Chemical Society 2013 Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry. This award recognizes graduate students who are working in areas related to environmental chemistry, and is based on student transcripts, their record of research productivity, a short paper outlining the trainees  future goals written by the trainee, and a letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor.  The awardees receive a cash award and complimentary membership in the Environmental Division of ACS for one year. See story from NIEHS
2012 Selected Achievements
  • Andrea Knecht received 3rd place in oral presentations at PANWAT 2012 (Pacific NW Association of Toxicologists) in September.
  • Carlos Manzano received a prestigious 2012 Student Paper Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS). See story from NIEHS
  • Kim Anderson's graduate students contributed to an article in The Daily Barometer at OSU. Group Obtains Toxicological Survey of Gulf
  • Norman Forsberg was selected to receive the OSU Diversity Advancement Pipeline Fellowship from the OSU Graduate School for the 2012-13 academic year. Norm will receive one academic year of funding which includes both a full stipend and tuition remission. Norm will use this award to complete his PhD in Dr. Kim Anderson's research group, Project 4.
  • Britton Goodale was selected to receive the OSU 2012-13 P.F. & Nellie Buck Yerex Graduate Fellowship from the OSU Graduate School for the 2012-13 academic year. Britton will receive one academic year of substantial funding in the form of a stipend. 
  • Steven O'Connell received the KC Donnelly Externship Award from NIEHS. Steven's award is for his proposal: “Expanding Passive Sampling Technology to Monitor Complex Mixtures at the Lower Duwamish Superfund Site” under the auspices of our new collaboration with Region 10 EPA to provide experiential and translational training for OSU SRP trainees.