UA Binational Center Hosts Specialized Workshop on Heavy Metal and Arsenic in Hermosillo, Sonora

University of Arizona SBRP researchers and Mexican collaborators.Environmental Fate, Remediation and Health Effects of Heavy Metals and Arsenic in the Sonora/Arizona Border Region." The Binational Center collaborated with Dr. Diana Meza Figueroa (Universidad de Sonora) and Dr. Mercedes Meza Montenegro (IInstituto Tecnológico de Sonora) to make this workshop possible.  The lectures took place at the Department of Medicine auditorium at the Universidad de Sonora and had a total of 150 attendees over the two day meeting.  The table below contains the presenters and their lecture topics.






Dr. Diana Meza Figueroa

Heavy Metals in the Environment: An Overview of the Sonora Basin

Dr. Oscar Talavera

Impacts of Heavy Metals from Mining Suites

Dr. Wendell Ela

Removal of Arsenic from Drinking Water

Ms. Irail Cortinas (TIES Student)

Biological Mobilization of Arsenic in Bioreactors

Dr. Jim Field/Dr. Reyes Sierra

Bioremediation of Heavy Metals

Mr. Victor Gamez (TIES Student)

Removal of Heavy Metals in a Bioreactor

Dr. Walt Klimecki

Founder Genetic Mutations

Dr. Mercedes Meza Montenegro

Urinary Arsenic from Low Level Exposure

Dr. Patricia Ostrosky

Genotoxicology of Arsenic

Dr. Clark Lantz

Toxicology of Uranium

Dr. Gonzalo Garcia Vargas

Toxicology of Lead and Arsenic in children

Dr. Lizbeth Lopez

Environmental Exposure of DDT and Breast Cancer


Dr. Jay Gandolfi with former TIES fellow Mercedes Meza along with her current students from Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora in Cuidad Obregón.


A total of seven partnering Binational Center Mexican institutions were represented within the presenters and the topics ranged from environmental engineering to environmental toxicology. The lectures presented by the speakers were well received by the entire audience.  The diverse audience background (e.g. university faculty, undergraduate/graduate students, and laboratory technician) proved to emphasize the need for a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to the current issues and future work.  By the end of the workshop, there was much enthusiasm from both the presenters and audience, which clearly indicated that more information sharing is needed to close the gap between research endeavors and on-site action. 




Federal and State Governmental Agencies

Academic institutions

National Commission of Water
(Comisión Nacional del Agua)

University of Sonora (Universidad de Sonora)

Hermosillo City Water (Agua de Hermosillo)

 Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora

Public Health State Laboratory (Laboratorio Estatal de Salud Publica)

University of Arizona (Universidad de Arizona)

Investigation Center for Nutrition and Development (Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo)

National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Commission for Potable Water and Infrastructure for the State of Sonora (Comisión de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado del Estado de Sonora)

University of Guadalajara (Universidad de Guadalajara)

Civil Protection for the State of Sonora (Protección Civil del Estado de Sonora)

National Polytechnic Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional)

In addition, two representatives from a nongovernmental organization/independent consultant were also present.