In the environmental toxicology area we are interested in monitoring the presence of known environmental carcinogens such as PAHs in the environment including isolation from sediments, fish and plants. Techniques such HPLC and tandem masspectrometry are being applied. Understanding the bioactivity of these environmental contaminants detected levels is a key aspect of our study since this information can be translated into risk assessment as a way of protecting exposed populations.
A key aspect of this unique facility at UMET is the opportunity offered to select graduate students from the School of Environmental Affairs and undergraduate students from the School of Science and Technology to participate on the ongoing projects and to gain research experience and analytical skills. Annually Dr. Zayas and/or members of the ChEMTox participate on international or local scientific meetings where the research findings can be shared with the scientific community.