Training Core

Training Core Leader: Bruce A. Stanton, Ph.D.


Cecilia Gutierrez Perez, Ph.D. Student

Thomas H. Hampton, Ph.D.

Kevin S. Hsu, Ph.D. Candidate

Antonio Signes-Pastor, Ph.D.

Todd Warczak, Ph.D. Candidate

Trainee Spotlights

Project 1: Arsenic Uptake, Transport and Storage in Plants

Leader: Mary Lou Guerinot, Ph.D.

Todd Warczak, Ph.D. Candidate: Determining How Plant Root Cells Detoxify Arsenic

Heng-Hsuan Chu, Ph.D.: Uncovering Plant Arsenic Transport Mechanism Through Screening Natural Variant Populations

Project 3: Arsenic and Innate Immune Function of the Lung

Leader: Bruce Stanton, Ph.D.

Kevin Hsu, Ph.D. Candidate: Investigating the Effects of Arsenic Ingestion on the Immune Response to Influenza A Infection

Britton Goodale, Ph.D.: Investigating How Arsenic Exposure Impacts the Response of Lung Epithelial Cells to Bacterial Infection

Training Core News

2016 Northeast Superfund Research Program Training Workshop Big Success

The Training Cores of the Dartmouth, BU, Brown, UPenn, Columbia, Harvard and Northeastern SRP Centers met April 26-27 at Northeastern University in Boston to learn about improving their science communication skills, community engagement and planning for future careers. For more information about the Training Workshop, which was co-hosted by the Dartmouth SRP, visit the Northeastern SRP website.

Shohreh Farzan Accepts New Position

Former Dartmouth Superfund Research Program Trainee Shohreh Farzan has received an NIEHS (National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences) R-00 grant and has accepted a new position with the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Congratulations and best wishes Shohreh on your new position and receiving the grant.

Training Core Background

Supporting Interdisciplinary Environmental Health Research

Our Training Core supports and directs interdisciplinary training in environmental health sciences at the postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate level within (and between) the biomedical and non-biomedical projects of the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program. This includes the departments of Biological Science, Chemistry and Earth Sciences in the College, and the Departments of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Microbiology and Immunology, Biochemistry and Community & Family Medicine in the Medical School.


We actively encourage high-caliber, motivated graduate students from Dartmouth College programs to participate in Superfund Program research. We are particularly interested in helping students whose talents cross interdisciplinary boundaries in realizing their career goals. Post-doctorate fellowships are available for those with a demonstrated ability to work across disciplinary boundaries and produce excellent science. At the undergraduate level, recruitment into the Dartmouth Superfund program is via department, university-wide and national fellowship programs, and the Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS)

We organize a range of training activities that help researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers develop into highly motivated, productive, interdisciplinary scientists.

1. Program-Specific and Career Development Courses

We offer a program-specific curriculum on the different aspects of toxic metals, environmental, and human health with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches. This is a three-course series: Graduate Toxicology, Environmental and Occupational Health, and Graduate Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis. These are core courses for all SRP trainees, and entering students can take the series at any point and complete it over their typical three-year course work period. In addition, trainees attend two courses in science communication; Proposal Development & Grant Writing, and Science Communication.

2. Interdisciplinary Program Interactions

In addition to participating in the weekly meetings of their home laboratory, our trainees participate in the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program seminar series, during which outside speakers, project or core leaders present research seminars and answer questions. This exposes graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to high-caliber scientists in various disciplines from other institutions who conduct research related to the goals of the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program.

3. Participation at the Annual Superfund Meeting

All of our Dartmouth Superfund trainees are encouraged to attend and participate in the Superfund Annual Meetings. Trainees are also given support to attend meetings in their own respective disciplines, such as the American Society for Limnology & Oceanography, Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, Ecological Society of America Meeting, Society for Toxicology Meeting, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the Gordon Research Conference on Environmental Bioinorganic Chemistry, the American Association for Cancer Research, the North American Cystic Fibrosis Meeting and American Chemical Society. Regional meetings include the Northeast Society of Toxicology meeting, the Northeast Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry meeting, the Northeast American Chemical Society Meeting and the New England Pharmacology and Toxicology meeting.

Past Trainees