Molecular & Environmental Toxicology brings together many areas of research to determine how pollutants adversely affect human health and wildlife. Our Center promotes research on suspected and known environmental toxicants with an emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches, provides education and laboratory training at the graduate and postdoctoral levels, and facilitates exchange of scientific information relating to molecular and environmental toxicology.
The graduate program has two broad areas: human health-related toxicology (“Molecular”) and toxicants in the environment (“Environmental”). Graduates of this program have a solid foundation in both areas with a command of skills in one or the other.
Graduate students become familiar with the concepts and basic problems of molecular and environmental toxicology through coursework and seminars. Courses are designed to provide a framework for asking appropriate toxicological questions as well as introduce experimental methods and information sources useful in addressing these questions. Through their thesis research projects, students learn to seek the mechanisms relating to the origin and fate of chemicals in the environment and underlying the phenomenological changes induced by toxicants in humans, animals and plants.
A degree in Molecular & Environmental Toxicology can open up opportunities in an array of fields and job descriptions. Our graduates are employed in academic research and teaching, private industry, and government agencies. These are demanding jobs that may determine the fate of a product in development or affect the health of thousands.