Currently Funded Projects

The MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences, through support from the NIH-NIEHS Center Grant P30-ES002109, has awarded four basic science and one translational pilot projects with a start date of June 1, 2018 from the April 2018 pilot project call released this year.

The four funded basic science applications are:

  • Angela Belcher

Professor, Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

Sequestration of Toxic Organics from UV-treated Drinking Water”
This project proposes to exploit biologically derived strategies for water cleanup, also known as bioremediation, to address the limitations of physicochemical methods.

  • Benjamin Kocar

Assistant Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering

Examining Pore-Scale Biogeochemical Controls on Arsenic Speciation and Mobilization within Oxidizing, Reduced, and Sulfidic Soils and Sediments”
Coupled biogeochemical-physical processes control the cycling for a myriad of soil constituents. In this pilot project, the researchers will move forward in two general research areas: 1) further development of micromodel/microfluidic devices that mimic soil conditions and facilitate in-situ measurements, and 2) use these devices to conduct basic scientific research.

  • Jesse Kroll

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Formation of Gas-phase Toxics from the Atmospheric Oxidation of Particulate Organics”
We propose exploratory laboratory studies that seek to identify and quantify the gas-phase products that evolve from organic particulate matter upon atmospheric oxidation, with a particular focus on the formation of known gas-phase air toxics.

  • Julia Ortony

Assistant Professor,  Materials Science and Engineering

Lead-chelating Molecular Nanoribbons”
We propose an alternative to adsorption-based filtration materials for water remediation in which we exploit chelation from the surface of supramolecular nanoribbons as a proof-of-principle technology.

The one funded translational application is:

  • Laurie Boyer

Associate Professor,  Biology and Biological Engineering

Investigating how Exposure to Oxidative Stress Impacts Cardiac Physiology”
In this pilot study, we will employ a human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) model of cardiac development to mechanistically dissect the impact of POS on DNA repair and differentiation during cardiac lineage commitment.

In addition, the Theron Randolph Pilot Project funded one translational application:

  • Katharina Ribbeck

Associate Professor,  Biological Engineering

Properties of Saliva Associated with Contaminant Exposure”
With this pilot project, we aim to generate a system-based understanding of how saliva properties and functions correlate with contaminant exposure.