By Sarah Heissenberger, Summer Intern in Dr. Richard DiGiulio’s lab   Hi! My name is Sarah and I was a summer intern in the 2018 Duke Superfund Research Program. I worked on Project 4, ‘Mechanisms and Consequences of Evolved Adaptation to Environmental Pollution’, in the Dr. Richard Di Giulio’s lab. […]

PAH Exposure and Resilience in Superfund-Dwelling Fish


By Talia Shoval, Summer Intern with Dr. Ed Levin’s lab and the Neurobehavioral Toxicity Core   Before I was a superfund intern, I was a preschool teacher, a babysitter, and a camp counselor. Basically, I was “Captain Childcare”. As part of Dr. Ed Levin’s lab and the Neurobehavioral Toxicity (NBTA) […]

Lessons from Caring for Baby Fish and Baby People: My ...


By Winston Lindqwister, Summer Intern in Dr. Claudia Gunsch’s lab   It may be a surprise to you, but some of the most impactful machines on this planet are smaller than a pinhead. Forged by millions of years of evolution, bacteria and fungi have established themselves as nature’s ultimate garbage […]

Microorganisms: Mini Machines for a Massive Problem



By Samantha Murphy, Summer Intern in Dr. Claudia Gunsch’s lab   For as long as I can remember, I have loved microbes. I grew up with a microscope in the house—this was the coolest thing to me. I used to collect water from the neighborhood pond, take it home to […]

A Microscopic Adventure with Macroscopic Potential


By Jera’lyne Hyland, Summer Intern in Dr. David Hinton’s lab   At the age of seventeen I became obsessed with adding miles onto my 2004 Honda Pilot. I was a high school graduate who was convinced that summer 2013 would be a “true” summer experience. I began subconsciously counting the […]

A Miles Addict in Durham, NC


By Adam Pecoraro, Summer Intern in Dr. Seth Kullman’s lab   Flame retardants (FRs) are unique chemical compounds that are added to many products including piping infrastructure, electrical circuit boards, clothing, and furniture in order to decrease the likelihood of fire. FRs use has increased worldwide in recent years, along […]

Protecting Your Couch for a Price: Flame Retardants and Their ...