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Proposal to Strengthen the EPSCoR Program for Environmental and Toxicological Research in Puerto Rico

EPA Grant Number: R827780E01
Title: Proposal to Strengthen the EPSCoR Program for Environmental and Toxicological Research in Puerto Rico
Investigators: Jimenez, Braulio D. , Bloom, Joseph , Cadilla, Carmen , Delgado, Wilfredo , Gonzalez, Fernando , Guadalupe, Ana R. , Rodriguez, Carlos , Santacana, Guido , Vega, Esther
Institution: University of Puerto Rico - Central Administration
EPA Project Officer: Winner, Darrell
Project Period: October 1, 1999 through September 30, 2000
Project Amount: $499,999
RFA: EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) (1999)
Research Category: EPSCoR (The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research)



The overall goal is to advance and strengthen environmental and toxicological research in Puerto Rico. This research will be organized and coordinated through the Center for Environmental and Toxicological Research (CETR). The specific objectives are: 1) to increase the level of research activity in environmental toxicology; 2) to foster interaction among researchers to collaborate on applied environmental research; 3) to enhance student and faculty training; and 4) to enhance recruitment of quality students and faculty.


To achieve this goal the Center for Environmental and Toxicological Research (CETR) would coordinate and organize the expansion of two research projects in critical areas of environmental related research.

First project: Development of Peptide Nucleic Acids Biosensors for the Detection of Faecal Coliforms in Drinking Water.

Second project: Toxicological effects of adsorbed compounds onto different size (TSP, PM10 and PM2.5) of airborne particulate matter from the Guaynabo Basin and a Reference Site (Fajardo).

Expected Results:

The research projects will 1) evaluate polluted water, sediments, fish, crabs, and toxic microalgae from the San Jose Lagoon, and 2) evaluate the integrative effects, including cytotoxicity, membrane toxicity, genotoxicity, and asthmatic potential, of compounds adsorbed to airborne particulate matter in Puerto Rico.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 9 publications for this project

Journal Articles:

Journal Articles have been submitted on this project: View all 3 journal articles for this project

Supplemental Keywords:

RFA, Health, Scientific Discipline, Air, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, Geographic Area, Water, HUMAN HEALTH, particulate matter, Environmental Chemistry, Health Risk Assessment, Risk Assessments, Biochemistry, Health Effects, Drinking Water, International, asthma, ecological risk assessment, atmospheric particulate matter, diagnostic tool, air toxics, epidemiology, human health effects, detection, atmospheric particles, chemical byproducts, environmental risks, airborne particulate matter, air pollution, Puerto Rico, peptide nucleic acids, human exposure, analytical methods, PM, drinking water contaminants, drinking water treatment, biosensors, allergic response, drinking water system, human health risk

Progress and Final Reports:
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