In the spring and summer of 2016 four Iowa Superfund trainees successfully defended their theses. The four are:
- Aditya Stanam successfully defended on April 20, 2016. His dissertation was entitled “Inflammatory Cytokine Signaling Contribute to Erlotinib Resistance in Head and Neck Cancer”. His Chair and Mentor was Dr. Andrean Simons-Burnett.
- Eric Rodriguez successfully defended on April 21, 2016. His dissertation was entitled "Hydroxylated and Sulfated Metabolites of Lower Chlorinated PCBs Bind with High Affinity to Human Serum Albumin and Exhibit Selective Toxicity to Neuronal Cells.” His Chair and Mentor was Dr. Michael Duffel.
- Sabah Hassain Enayah successfully defended her thesis on June 6, 2016. Her dissertation was entitled "Evaluation of the Toxicity Caused by Co-Exposure to Lead (Pb) and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)”. Her mentors were Dr. Lars Fuortes and Dr. Gabriele Ludewig.
- Gopi Gadupudi successfully defended his thesis on July 11, 2016. His dissertation was entitled “PCB126-induced metabolic disruption: effects on liver metabolism and adipocyte development”mentors were Dr. Larry Robertson and Dr. Aloysius Klingelhutz.