Meet Superfund Trainee Nishad Jayasundara!


The Duke Superfund Research Translation Core video series highlights the work of our researchers. Our first video features postdoctoral researcher Nishad Jayasundara, Ph.D.

Dr. Jayasundara has been a researcher at Duke since 2012, working in Dr. Di Giulio’s lab as a member of Project 3: PAH Exposures and Development. His research focuses on the consequences of adaptation to environmental stressors such as chemical releases and climate change. Dr. Jayasundara has taken the unique approach of studying the adaptations and physiological changes in fish exposed to PAHs from the Atlantic Wood Superfund site on the Elizabeth River in Virginia.

Dr. Jayasundara’s research has been widely recognized. He was the recipient of the prestigious Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in 2015, and delivered the Wetterhahn Award Lecture at the NIEHS in November of 2016.

Dr. Jayasundara will be leaving Duke at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year to join the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine-Orono, as an assistant professor.

You can learn more about his research on his website.

Watch the video here: