News Archive

PROTECT Launches New Center Website

Welcome to the new PROTECT website! This will be the new home of everything PROTECT related for everyone from researchers to students to participants and beyond.Important research information, like details about PROTECT’s different projects and cores, how projects...

PROTECT to Begin Enrollment in RECOVER Pediatric Study

On June 10, 2022, Northeastern University and PROTECT SRP Center received approval to begin enrollment in the Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) Initiative study “A Multi-Center Observational Study: The RECOVER Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC)...

Trainee Spotlight: Nobel Hernández

Haga clic aquÍ para leer una entrevista con Nobel en español.Nobel Hernández is a doctoral student studying Public Health with a specialty in Social Determinants of Health at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. He is expected to graduate in May...

Trainee Spotlight: Amber Cathey

Amber Cathey is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Environmental Health Sciences department at the University of Michigan who has been working with PROTECT for five years under the mentorship of John Meeker. She earned her Master’s in 2017 and her PhD in 2021. She...

Current and Former PROTECT Postdocs Receive ECHO OIF Awards

This August, the NIH Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program announced the recipients of the most recent cycles of the Opportunities and Infrastructure Fund (OIF) grants. Two PROTECT researchers, Dr. Max Aung and Dr. Chieh Wu, each received...

Trainee Spotlight: Yuwei Zhao

Yuwei Zhao is a senior PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, where she works in Prof. Akram Alshawabkeh’s lab (Project 4). Since 2015, she has worked on the development of an in-situ groundwater remediation device, including...

PROTECT Participates in 2020 Annual SRP Meeting

More than 30 PROTECT researchers, trainees, and staff attended the 2020 Annual Superfund Research Program Meeting, which was held virtually on December 14th and 15th. The meeting was hosted by Texas A&M SRP Center, and embraced the themes “Addressing Hazardous...

Trainee Spotlight: Pahriya Ashrap

Pahriya Ashrap is a PhD candidate from the University of Michigan working in the discipline of Environmental Health Sciences under the mentorship of Project 1 Investigator John D. Meeker. Pahriya has been a trainee in PROTECT since the Fall of 2017, and her...

Project 3 Trainee Luisa Feliciano gives outstanding presentation on “Visual Design Consideration when Preparing Media” at recent Trainee Coffee Hour

On Wednesday, June 17th Project 3 Trainee and 2019 PROTECT Trainee Development Award Winner Luisa Feliciano gave fellow PROTECT Trainees, Faculty, and Staff a virtual presentation on “Visual Design Consideration When Preparing Media.” This presentation was positively...

Trainee Spotlight: Shayan Hojabri

Shayan Hojabri is a PhD Candidate in the discipline of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University working within Project 4 under the mentorship of Akram Alshawabkeh. He has been working in Akram’s lab since 2014 throughout his masters and PhD...

Individuals with socioeconomic disadvantage among Puerto Rican cohort have elevated levels of oxidative stress according to recent PROTECT Study

Stress is generally defined as demands that tax or exceed the adaptive capacity of an organism, which can result in psychological and biological changes. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body which can ultimately cause...

PROTECT Study finds increased levels of flame retardant and plasticizing chemicals associated with the use of personal care products among pregnant women in Puerto Rico.

In a recent Study published in Environmental Research Journal, PROTECT researchers detected metabolites of several organophosphate esters (OPE), a class of chemicals used in consumer products as flame retardants and plasticizers, in urine samples collected from women...

Fall 2019 Technical Webinar: “Single cell bioinformatics and metabolomics: Methods and Tools for environmental health research” by Dr. Lana Garmire

On Monday December 9th from 1:00-2:00pm EST, PROTECT will host a technical webinar titled "Single cell bioinformatics and metabolomics: Methods and Tools for environmental health research" presented by Dr. Lana Garmire. Dr. Garmire is a tenured professor working in...

PROTECT Study evaluates how CVOC chemicals are distributed and travel through the Karst System of Northern Puerto Rico

Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compounds (CVOCs) are a type of chlorinated solvent that are commonly used in industrial, business, and home settings. Some examples of common products which contain CVOCs include industrial solvents, metal surface degreasers, paint...

PROTECT Undergraduate Research Fellow Tom Onsi wins poster award at UMICH Undergrad Research Opportunity Program Summer Research Symposium

On Wednesday July 31st, undergraduate M-Scholars Fellow Tom Onsi won a poster award at the 2019 University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Summer Research Symposium for his poster titled: “Extracellular vesicle production...

Concentrations of phenols, parabens and triclocarbans appear in higher levels among Puerto Rico cohort compared to mainland U.S.

Recent environmental articles have increasingly focused on the potential dangers of chemicals that seem ever present and almost unavoidable in many facets of modern life. At CRECE, PROTECT and ECHO, we study many different chemicals which are present in the...

PROTECT Study intermediate report: associations between demographic risk factors and preterm birth in the first 1000 participants

Since PROTECT has started studying the environmental causes of higher levels of preterm birth in Puerto Rico preterm birth rates have dropped significantly; from 18% of all births in 2011 which was considered the highest in the world, to 11% by 2017.[1] However, this...

PROTECT study finds that chemicals found in many household consumer products were widely associated with hormone concentrations in pregnant women

Since plastic became known as the “miracle material that has made modern life possible” in 1950, humanity has produced 9.2 billion tons of plastic. [1] Plastics are produced using a large variety of materials which are often harmful to the environment and have been...

PROTECT Trainees Max Aung and Amber Cathey present at the Society for Reproductive Investigation 66th Annual Scientific Meeting in Paris

Between March 12-16th, 2019, PROTECT Project 1 Trainees Max Aung and Amber Cathey attended the 66th Annual Scientific Meeting hosted by the Society for Reproductive Investigation in Paris, France. This year the meeting focused on a “From Innovation to Impact” theme...