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
2017 Trainee Highlights/Achievements


  • Undergraduate students working in Dr. Susan Tilton's lab (Biostatistics and Modeling Core) won research awards. Michael-Andres Mans received a CAS Continuing Researchers Support Award for his project titled, “Functional consequences of miRNA regulation by dietary carcinogens in 3D human epithelial cells”. (https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/academic-programs/experiential-learning-an...). George Luker received funding from the CAS E.R. Jackman Internship Support Program for his Bioresource Research (BRR) project to evaluate mutagenicity of PAHs in complex mixtures using transgenic MutaMouse lung cells.
  • Summer Undergraduate Intern Makeba Walcott received a Pfizer travel award to present her summer research at the SOT annual meeting. Raven Waldron attended the 2017 SACNAS National Conference. Trainees Sydelle Harrison and Amelia Allee (CEC Core) presented at the July 26 meeting of EPA's National Social and Environmental Science Exchange webinar on the topic of cultural competency.
  • Trainee Carey Donald published her work on a new passive fugacity sampler developed in Dr. Anderson's laboratory (Project 4) to evaluate community exposures at the Eagle Wycoff Superfund site near Seattle, WA and areas contaminated following the Mosier, OR train derailment and subsequent oil spill.
  • Team Tox/SRP Trainees received $3500 through E.R.Jackman Friends and Alumni club to support outreach and education activities with k-12 students.
  • Carolyn Poutasse (Project 4) received one of the Top 3 Outstanding Posters Award at the
  • ACS 72nd 2017 Northwest Regional Meeting. Holly Dixon (Project 4) was awarded an International Society for Exposure Science Travel Grant to attend the 2017 ISES conference and present her research.
  • At the Annual Society of Toxicology, SRP trainees won multiple awards. Gloria Garcia (Project 3), Yvonne Chang, Stacy Schkoda and Lauren Heine (Tilton Lab/ Biostatistics and Modeling Core) and trainees won multiple awards at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Association of Toxicologists (PANWAT) meeting; Yvonne Chang (Biostatistics and Modeling Core) and Michael Garland (Project 3).
  • PANWAT 2017: Outstanding Graduate Student Poster Presentationsns: Yvonne Chang (Tilton Lab, Biostat and Biocomputing Core) “PAH Biosignatures in Human 3D Bronchial Epithelium Linked to Cancer Outcome”; Michael Garland (Tanguay Lab, Project 3) “Glucocorticoid receptor activation elevates the expression of one‐eyed pinhead (cripto‐1) and inhibits epimorphic regeneration in larval zebrafish”;
  • PANWAT 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Poster Presentations: Allison Perez (Tanguay Lab, Project 4) “Comparing Oxidative Potential of Indoor PM2.5 Collected from Home and Personal Monitors in Kheri, India”; Michael Mans (Tilton Lab, Biostat and Biocomputing Core) “Role of miRNA in PAH‐Treated 3D Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells”
  • Jackson Wiley in Dr. Staci Simonich's lab (Project 5) won the award for best poster at the OSU 2017 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium yesterday 'Comparison of commercially available solid phase extraction columns for unsubstituted and substituted polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) extraction from an aqueous matrix'. Sabrina Edwards, working in Dr. Tanguay's lab, has been awarded a CAS Undergraduate Research Award for her project titled: "Evaluating the Toxicity of Engineered Nanomaterials in the Zebrafish Model".
  • Dr. Briton Goodale, previous doctoral trainee with Dr. Tanguay (Project 3) was highlighted in 
  • SRP e‐Posted newsletter for her current arsenic work at Dartmouth SRP. The publication by trainees in the Simonich/Tanguay labs (Project 3 and 5) :. "Identification and toxicological evaluation of unsubstituted PAHs and novel PAH derivatives in pavement sealcoat products." Environ Sci Technol Lett 3(6):234‐242. was highlighted in the July 2017 issue of the NIH newsletter Environmental Factor" as a "PAPER OF THE MONTH".
  • Trainees Chang (Biocomputing Core) and Poutasse (Project 4) went to Central High School to present the Toxic Spills Module and the Yeast Dose‐Response Module to AP Biology students. In May 2017, over 20 tribal youth and chaperones from Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs visited OSU for a campus tour, student panel and the 41st annual Klatowa Eena Powwow. SRP trainees Sydelle Harrison and Amelia Allee (Community Engagement Core (CEC) worked with the Research Translation Core, the Training Core and SRP Administration to procure funding and organize the daylong event. SRP trainees hosted a pizza dinner. Here, students had the opportunity to ask trainees questions about college, graduate school and SRP research. Trainees Kramer, Poutasse, and Drs. Kile (CEC), Rohlman(RTC) , Marcus (TC) and Tanguay (Director) also participated
  • Trainee Minick (Project 4) received the 1st Place Student Platform Presentation Award at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. "Hazard assessment of a PAH Superfund mixture in the zebrafish developmental toxicity model."
  • Tilton Lab/Biocomputing CORE Trainee Chang received multiple awards at the 2017 SOT Annual Meeting: Best Abstract Award from Mixtures SS; 1st Place, Best Abstract Award, Mixtures Specialty Section; and Rubin Travel Award, Risk Assessment and Mechanisms Specialty Sections; 3rd Place Graduate Student Award, Carcinogenesis Specialty Section.
  • 8th Annual EMT Research Day Awards (Jan 2017): Graduate Posters: 1st (tie): Carey Donald (Project 4) – “Assessing soil-air partitioning of PAHs and PCBs with a new fugacity passive sampler” and 1st (tie) Matt Slattery (Harper Lab/RTC) – “Assessment of nanoparticle prevalence in pesticide formulations”; 3rd Holly Dixon (Project 4) – “Assessing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposures with multiple approaches including silicone wristbands”; Undergraduate Posters 1st Youngjoo Lee (Project 3) – “Zebrafish as a model for chemoprevention of T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL)”.
  • 9th Annual EMT Research Day Awards (Jan 2018): LIGHTNING TALKS: Holly M. Dixon (Project 4) “Comparing chemical exposures across diverse communities using silicone wristbands”; Visiting SRP TRAINEES; Erica Jean Dashner (UNM) —Arsenic and uranium interference with zinc dependent functions of immunomodulatory protein targets”; Joseph Dempsey (U.Wash) “Gut-Liver Axis during Development in Mice”; UNDERGRADUATE POSTERS: Sabrina Edwards (Project 3) - Using the Zebrafish Model for High Throughput Screening and Evaluation of Precision Engineered Nanomaterials.


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 polycyclic 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. Robyn 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.