Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Program Overview

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 objective of the Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program is to train the next generation of leaders in the science of environmental health, as members of our country’s basic research infrastructure, or as members of the regulatory or industrial communities that influence issues related to environmental toxicology.  Our students are constantly challenged by program requirements and their research presentations to prove themselves as the leaders in the field; experts at what they do, capable of asking the larger scientific questions, and vigorously exploring answers to important environmental health questions.

Application Process:

To apply for admission to our program, you  will need to complete the Graduate School’s online application.
Applicants are expected to have a bachelors degree from an accredited university and a 3.0 GPA. Learn more about the Admission Process >

Any student who is admitted to the Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Program as a PhD Candidate will, presuming sufficient progress to degree, be funded. This funding will come in a variety of means. Many are funded by their advisor’s research grants. Some will be funded by fellowships. Others are funded via training grants. Others work as teaching assistants. For more information on the funding mechanisms and descriptions of our program, click here. 

Current-student specific information can be found on the Graduate Program in Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Page.

Our 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.

PhD students will conduct three 1-month rotations in the labs of advisors who are seeking students. Following the rotation period, the office will work with you to identify a suitable match. The lab a student joins will become responsible for the student’s funding. The research direction of the lab will determine whether your skill command is in molecular toxicology or environmental toxicology.

This interdisciplinary program has an extensive curricula required of all students providing training in molecular toxicology, environmental toxicology, responsible conduct, and professional development.  Graduate students become familiar with the concepts and basic problems of molecular and environmental toxicology through this curriculum and seminars.

The Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Program has awarded over 50 masters and 170 PhD’s between 1978 and 2016.  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.