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University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center, A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Berrin Serdar, MD, PhD



Environmental and occupational epidemiology, toxicology of mixtures, DNA damage, lung cancer


University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


4 Years of college

Number of openings: 1


Dr. Serdar’s research involves assessing exposures to chemical mixtures (such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals, fuel, tobacco smoke) in human populations and linking those exposures to DNA damage and repair.


Projects include population-based studies (field studies, laboratory assays, and statistical data analyses) as well as in vitro laboratory assays. One current project involves field studies to collect environmental and biological samples from construction workers (roofers) who are exposed to hot asphalt and coal tar.

Another project focuses on experiments investigating joint effects of aromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metals in cell culture. The student may be involved in some or all of the following:

  1. Assist and learn laboratory assays such as cell culture, protein blotting, ELISA
  2. Assist during field studies by applying questionnaires and collecting biological samples
  3. Conduct statistical data analyses
  4. Interpret and discuss study results in relation to the scientific literature