Directed by Dr. Robyn 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 PAH and environmental health issues.

The Superfund Research Program values the voices of all people. As such,
we recognize the social barriers that have excluded people and communities
based on socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity,
age, disability, national origin and religion. We are committed to the equity of
opportunities, and strive to promote and advance diversity, equity
inclusiveness and excellence. We value and seek participation from these
historically under-represented groups, and recognize them as essential to
create a welcoming and impactful environment for everyone. Learn more
about the ways we, and Oregon State University, are committed to diversity
and inclusion at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are re-emerging as an environmental pollutant of concern. PAHs, found at Superfund sites and urban settings, are formed in the burning of carbon-based energy sources, e.g., diesel, gasoline, coal, petroleum and in cooking or tobacco smoke. Learn more about PAHs

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The Center currently has five Research Projects working together with Support Cores from both Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Investigators emphasize basic and applied research using state-of-the-art techniques to better understand PAHs and their impacts on human and ecological health. Since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, OSU SRP has an additional focus on petrogenic forms of PAHs found within crude oil.

Oregon State University Mission StatementOSU was awarded renewed funding for 2013-2018. Read story.  Dr. David Williams was Director from April 2009 - Dec. 2014.

The Center is federally funded and administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS grant #P42 ES016465), an institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Superfund Program History

The national Superfund program was established by Congress in 1980.  The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 established a university-based program of basic research within the NIEHS, an institute of the National Institutes of Health.  Funding is received through an Interagency Agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency using Superfund Trust monies.  The program's primary objectives are to expand the base of scientific knowledge, reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances and, ultimately, prevent adverse human health effects.


Mailing Address/FAX is:

Superfund Research Program
1011 ALS Building
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Fax: 541-737-4371

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