Research Support


Dartmouth’s Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program is supported by five research support cores. The Research Translation, Community Engagement, Training and Administrative Cores link to the research projects, the Trace Elements Core, and to each other. The Trace Elements Core provides assistance to the four research projects using a wide range of specialized techniques, allowing the program to benefit from the latest scientific technologies.

Research Translation Core

Celia Y. Chen, Ph.D., Core Leader
Laurie Rardin, M.E.S., Research Translation Coordinator

The Research Translation Core (RTC), facilitates the use of our research by federal and state government agencies, federal, state and local government officials, interest groups, public health organizations, scientific colleagues and public consumers who could be exposed to arsenic and mercury through their diet. Creating trusted relationships between our investigators and our stakeholders is a key component of the RTC, to ensure that stakeholder needs are addressed by our research.

Community Engagement Core

Anna M. Adachi-Mejia, Ph.D., Core Leader

The Community Engagement Core (CEC) ensures that the Program’s research is meaningful to communities by creating opportunities for researchers to interact with communities, grass-roots organizations, and those impacted by hazardous waste. The goal of the CEC is to build bi-directional partnerships with diverse communities in Northern New England to enhance their ability to understand and address the health risks posed by arsenic, mercury, and other environmental contaminants.

Trace Element Analysis Core

Brian P. Jackson, Ph.D., Core Leader
Tracy Punshon, Ph.D., Core Co-Leader

The Trace Element Analysis Core provides extremely low-level detection of trace elements in environmental and biological samples. It plays an integral role in furthering collaboration between research projects, and works to develop new methods in trace element analysis.

Training Core

Bruce A. Stanton, Ph.D. , Core Leader

Our Training Core supports and directs interdisciplinary training in environmental health sciences at the postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate level within (and between) the biomedical and non-biomedical projects of the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program.

Administrative Core

Celia Y. Chen, Ph.D., Core Leader, Program Director
Laurie Rardin, M.E.S. Research Translation Coordinator, Email

The Administrative Core serves as the central organizing structure for the program. Its primary roles are to provide administrative support for planning and coordinating research activities, integrating cross-discipline research, maintaining quality management and to oversee fiscal and resource management. In addition, the core provides administrative and liaison support and assists with coordination and facilitation of translation, community engagement and training core activities.