Training Opportunities

Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Research Associates

The Duke University Superfund Research Center’s training emphasis is on graduate students and post-doctoral research associates who are associated with our various projects and support cores. If you are interested in graduate or post-doctoral work with one our project, please contact the appropriate principal investigator.

There is a strong link between the Duke SRC and ITEHP, an NIH-T32 supported program for graduate students. The majority of Superfund trainees are also involved in ITEHP activities.



Curious about what who’s worked with us in the past and what their experiences were like? You can read about the work of a few of our interns below, or by reading their blog posts on this website (click the REU tag). For more information about the internships, please contact Dr. Ed Levin by email.

Summer 2016 Interns

Katelyn_Liu_2016Katelyn Liu (Research Translation Core)

Katelyn Liu is a rising senior in public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time at the Duke Superfund, she has been working in the Research Translation Core researching the fish consumption advisories’ of the Elizabeth River angler community. Her interests collect in the niche area of food policy research and she hopes to work in the non-profit sector for an organization that serves to engage communities in sustainable behavioral changes that improve public health.

Andy_Geleske_2016Andy Geleske (Community Engagement Core)

Andy is a rising senior at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, a liberal arts college, where he is pursuing a dual major in environmental studies and geology. Andy is motivated and passionate about improving the quality of community gardens, and educating people about the health impacts of soil and pesticide contaminants. This summer, he is working on a literature review of soil contaminants in community gardens and pesticide use at those gardens. He is also focusing on providing resources to communities to help them better understand their potential for exposures.

Mattie_Blue_2016Mattie Blue (Project 3)

Mattie is a rising senior at UNC-Chapel Hill who is pursuing a BSPH in environmental health sciences. Mattie is interested in how ecologically-relevant combinations of stressors interact in the environment to affect natural species. This summer, with members of the DiGuilio lab, Mattie is investigating how temperature stress in combination with PAH exposure affects the early development of zebrafish, and how these effects are manifested later in life. Read Mattie’s REU blog post here.


Tanner Waters (Project 3)

Tanner Waters is a rising junior double majoring in Environmental Science and Earth and Ocean Science at Duke University. During the Superfund internship, Tanner has been investigating arsenic induced mitochondrial toxicity in C. elegans through looking at bioenergetics. After the superfund, Tanner will continue his research in the Meyer Lab for his last two years at Duke. 


Josh Wilkinson (Project 4)

Josh Wilkinson is a rising senior at North Greenville University in Greenville, SC, where he is pursuing a degree in Biology with an environmental focus. This summer, he is working under project 4 in Dr. Wiesner’s lab where he is studying fate and transport of nanoparticles through the environment, and how that may play a role in risk assessment. This internship appealed to Josh because he has a strong interest in applying remediation techniques to help others and clean up the environment.

Sonum_Tharwani_2016Sonum Tharwani (Levin lab)

Sonum Tharwani is a rising junior at Emory University who is majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. She is particularly interested in investigating the neurological effects of toxicants. Hence, this summer she is working with zebrafish in the Levin lab to investigate the effects of various flame retardants on larval and adult behavior. In particular, Sonum is working to better develop and conduct a behavioral test battery that measures changes in social behavior, emotional function, and cognition in the zebrafish over time.


Summer 2015 Interns

Deanna Badger (Project 2, Stapleton Lab)

Alison Brooks (RTC)

John Chavez (RTC)

Audrey Dinyari (Project 3, Meyer Lab) 

Billy Gerhard (Project 4, Gunsch Lab)

Austin Martini (NBTA)

Erica Ortiz (NBTA)

Amanda Riley (Project 3, Hinton Lab) 


Summer 2014 Interns

Hunter Bradshaw (Project 4)

Roy Brooks-Rivera (NBTA)

Sasha Burwell (Project 3)

Nishika Karbhari (NBTA)

Jasmine Thompson (Project 3)

Alexandra Valladares (RTC)