The MEMCARE-SRC biomedical and environmental engineering research projects aim to understand and mitigate the effects of exposure to metals and metal mixtures on late-life cognitive health.
Early life metal exposure and cognitive aging
Project 1 uses innovative approaches to assess early-life exposures and late-life cognitive function in a unique population of older adults who donated baby teeth when they were children.
Effects of metal exposures on brain extracellular vesicle (EV) microRNA
Project 2 investigates basic biological mechanisms underlying the effects of early-life metal exposures on the brain using both in vitro and in vivo approaches.
Modeling spatial patterns of drinking water contamination in the US
Project 3 examines the role of surface and groundwater treatment systems in spatial and temporal patterns of metals contamination in water across the US, including Superfund sites.
Designing highly selective sorbents for water remediation
Project 4 is developing the next generation of nanostructured adsorbents to selectively remove metals from drinking water.