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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Georgia Researcher Receives NIH Award to Study Link between Microbiome, Arsenic Metabolism

Dr. Kun Lu, assistant professor of environmental health science at the University of Georgia College of Public Health, is one of six outstanding early-career scientists selected nationwide to receive an Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).


Part of the National Institutes of Health, the NIEHS created the award in 2006 to provide a foundation for exceptional early stage researchers interested in discovering how our environment influences human health.

The five-year, $2.3 million grant will fund Lu’s research examining the interaction between the gut microbiome and arsenic, a widespread environmental pollutant and known human carcinogen. The work could lead to a better understanding of the role the body’s microscopic communities play in influencing arsenic-related diseases.

Although scientists are still in the early stages of exploring the gut microbiome, a growing body of research has found that the trillions of microbes living in the intestine may have a profound effect on human health.

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