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Kurunthachalam Kannan, Ph.D.
Understanding environmental sources, pathways, distribution, dynamics and fate of chemical pollutants is crucial, if we are to devise solutions to current and future environmental problems. Our research is focused on environmental and biomonitoring studies designed to determine the distribution, behavior, fate, and effects of organic contaminants. Our interests include developing novel analytical methods to detect environmental contaminants, examining bioaccumulation, food-chain transfer, human and wildlife exposure assessment, and developing biomarkers of exposures. Our research also involves the use of wildlife sentinels to study the effects of contaminants on the health of ecosystems. Our current studies include biomonitoring of chlorinated, brominated and fluorinated organic compounds, phenolic endocrine disruptors, and other emerging environmental contaminants for characterizing human and wildlife exposure pathways, and to allow evaluation of sources, pathways and risks. We are also developing techniques to identify and quantify novel organic pollutants (in indoor air, water, foodstuffs and biological tissues) that are of concern. Our laboratory is also involved in studies relating contaminant exposures to health outcomes and effect biomarkers in the general population.