Arsenic Awareness Community Outreach in Bangladesh

Field Studies at Superfund Site in New Jersey

The Columbia Superfund Research Program investigates the health effects, geochemistry, and remediation of Arsenic (As) and Manganese (Mn), with a particular focus on groundwater.

The contamination of groundwater and soils with As and Mn is associated with major public health, remedial, and environmental policy problems both in the U.S. and abroad. Our interdisciplinary teams of bio-medical and geoscience researchers and students work with government scientists to better understand underlying exposure routes, pathophysiological mechanisms, and population dynamics that contribute to the risks from As and Mn and to translate new findings into effective policies that reduce environmental exposures and improve human health.

Fieldwork photo Online Mapper, 'NPL Superfund Footprint: Site, Population, and Environmental Characteristics'

Projects and Cores

Project 1 - Health Effects of As Longitudinal Study (HEALS)

Evaluating health effects from arsenic in drinking water on adults in Araihazar, Bangladesh

Project 2 - Consequences of As and Mn Exposure on Children

Investigating health effects from exposure to arsenic and manganese in water: conception to adolescence

Project 3 - Impact of Nutrition on Arsenic-Induced Epigenetic Dysregulation

Elucidating molecular events underlying the effects of arsenic and folate on DNA methylation

Project 4 - Arsenic, Iron, Sulfur and Organic Carbon Speciation

Seeking to determine impact of sediment mineralogy and related transformations on arsenic groundwater concentrations

Project 5 - Application of Enhanced Mitigation Methods for Groundwater As at US Superfund Sites

Enhancing As remediation approaches

Project 6 - Defining the Sustainable Uses of Low-As Aquifers in Bangladesh

Lowering As exposure for HEALS participants and understanding processes affecting water quality in low As aquifers

Core A - Data Management Core

Providing safe, secure relational data management

Core B - Trace Metals Core

Precisely measuring a broad range of metabolites, metals & proteins in biological specimens

Core C - Biogeochemistry Core

Analyzing & assessing groundwater, sediments, and biomedical samples

Core D - Hydrogeology Core

Providing hydrogeological expertise & tools

Research Translation Core - RTC Collaborating with government & the NIEHS SRP: As & Mn Exposure in Groundwater

Facilitating constructive partnerships with EPA, ATSDR, state/local and other agencies

Community Engagement Core - CEC Promoting Arsenic Testing and Treatment to Reduce Health Risks for Residents with Private Wells in Maine

Developing innovative community participatory tools to understand behavior and improve health for those at risk from arsenic exposure

Administrative Core - Directing the Columbia University SRP: Health Effects and Geochemistry of Arsenic and Manganese

Supervising, coordinating, and guiding the CU SRP research projects and cores, thus ensuring that our Center maximizes its impact on improving public health



October 2015

Columbia SRP student Jing Sun, Columbia SRP scientists Steven Chillrud, Brian Mailloux, Martin Stute, and Benjamin Bostick, along with colleagues Rajesh Singh, Hailiang Dong, and Christopher...

June 2015

Following the Human and Environmental Sustainability Summit on Environmental and Human Health Consequences of Arsenic in August 2014, participants from both public and private sectors, including...

May 2015

CU SRP student Brandilyn Peters and scientist Dr. Megan Hall, along with Dr. Gamble (PI, R01 CA133595 and PI of CU-SRP Project 3), investigate the impact of folate and/or creatine supplements in...

April 2015

Columbia SRP student Brandilyn Peters, along with her CU SRP colleagues, found that study participants with lower plasma GSH and more oxidized plasma EhGSH were at risk of increased As-induced...


November 2015

Northeastern University’s Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) Superfund Research program will be hosting  the 2015 Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico from...

May 2015

March 2015

CU SRP Research Translation Co-PI Meredith Golden demonstrated Columbia's NPL Superfund Footprint Mapper.

August 2014

CU SRP RTC Co-PI Meredith Golden was among forty representatives from diverse public and private sectors who participated in the Human and Environmental Sustainability Summit on Environmental and...

Next CU SRP Seminar/Webinar

December 2015

CU SRP Monthly Seminar: Presentations by Dr. Patrick J. Stover and Dr. John M. Duxbury

When: Mon, 12/14/2015 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: Columbia University’s Environmental Health Sciences Conference...


NPL Superfund Footprint Mapper

This interactive mapping tool created by the CU SRP Research Translation Core permits users to visualize critical data about inhabitants and areas near Superfund sites. The Mapper is unique compared to other environmental mapping services.

U.S. Population within Four-Mile Buffers of Superfund Sites

This map displays the 2000 US Census Grid Population data for residents within 4-mile buffers of NPL sites based on locations provided by EPA and ATSDR.

NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) Centers

Map with locations of the NIEHS SRP Headquarters and the SRP University Centers; each point can be clicked for information about the research programs and direct links to their web sites.url

Spatial variability of Arsenic concentrations in 6000 tube wells in Araihazar, Bangladesh

Data collected and mapped by Columbia SRP scientists, led by Dr. Alexander van Geen.


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