Welcome to the Jay Lab at UCLA.

FREE Testing for lead in soil and water.

Our lab offers free testing for lead in soil and or tap water. Please send a plastic bag with at least a golf ball-sized amount of soil, and/or a plastic water-tight container with at least a cup (250 mL or so) of water. These data will not be used for research. Only you will be notified of the results.

You can send to:

Jay Lab, 5732E Boelter Hall, UCLA, 420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, 90095. You can email us at jennyjay@ucla.edu, zibrahim@g.ucla.edu with any questions or to let us know your sample is on the way. Include the best way for us to contact you.

Our Work


We work on a wide range of environmental challenges, including antibiotic resistance in the environment, water quality, lead exposure, and carbon footprints of diets. Check out the Research Tab to learn more.


Courses include Aquatic Chemistry, Chemical Fate and Transport, an Experiential Learning Course in Community-Based Environmental Research, and Foodprint: Understanding Connections Between Food and the Environment


Center for Environmental Research and Community Engagement

About Jennifer Jay

For the last seventeen years, Jennifer Jay has been a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles.  She specializes in the fate and transport of chemical and microbial contaminants in the environment.  Her research addresses a wide range of topics including coastal water quality, environmental proliferation of antibiotic resistance, and the role of environmental education in shifts toward diets with lower carbon footprints. Her classes include Aquatic Chemistry, Chemical Fate and Transport, and Foodprint: Understanding the Connections between Food and the Environment.  She was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, and two engineering school-wide award for excellence in teaching.  In addition, she was the Pritzker Fellow for Environmental Sustainability and a Carnegie Fellow for Civic Engagement in Higher Education, and she recently named a Chancellor’s Fellow for Community-Engaged Research.  Jennifer also directs the Center for Environmental Research and Community Engagement (CERCE), a UCLA Center that addresses community-based environmental research questions in under-served communities in Los Angeles.  She founded Meals for the Planet (meals4planet.org), an organization with the goal of disseminating information on the connections between food and the environment.  Jennifer earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 


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