Department Head Welcome

Message from the Department Head

On behalf of the Faculty, Students, Staff and Alumni of the Department of EMT here at OSU, I would like to welcome you to our Environmental and Molecular Toxicology departmental website. Thank you for your interest in our programs, and please feel welcome to visit or contact us.

Our EMT program is addressing some of the most serious challenges affecting our society from pollution and environmental disasters to environmental health effects and treatments.  Our mission is to:


  • Educate students in the toxicological and environmental chemistry sciences.

  • Conduct research on the fate of chemicals and effects and risks in humans and other organisms.

Our EMT programs offer a unique synthesis of biology and chemistry, which allows us to focus on creation, dissemination and application of new biomedical and chemical knowledge to ensure the protection of the environment and public health, as well as, enhance the treatment and prevention of human disease. This integrated approach provides exciting training and research opportunities for graduate students and supports our state-of-the-art, internationally competitive research programs. EMT is a highly collegial and exceptionally collaborative group of scientists dedicated to the success and advancement of all EMT students, staff and faculty.

The EMT department has a long and illustrious history, since 1883 when our very first faculty member was hired into the Dept. of Agricultural Chemistry here at OSU. Over the past 125 years, our department evolved into the fields of environmental chemistry and toxicology sciences, and in 1998 was reorganized and renamed Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.  Most of our seventeen faculty members collectively explore environmental hazards and/or their impacts on biological systems to protect human health and the environment.  Our research compliments our toxicology training program, we offer Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Toxicology and an undergraduate toxicology minor.

Our graduate and undergraduate training programs are closely aligned with the research expertise of our faculty:


  1. Molecular and Mechanistic Toxicology: The study of how the mechanisms of toxic responses at the molecular, cellular and whole animal levels, including pathways by which environmental chemicals cause toxicity and disease, perturb critical cell signaling pathways or induce DNA mutations and aberrations which result in cancer and/or other environmental diseases.
  2. Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology: The study of how chemical interactions determine the fate, transport and distribution of chemicals in ecosystems, the bioavailability of these chemicals, and the exposures and impacts of these chemicals to humans and other organisms.

EMT is an academic unit within the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS), whose mission includes instruction, research, extension, and service to support and sustain the human and natural resources of the state of Oregon for the health, well-being and economic development of Oregonians. EMT currently supports an array of stakeholders within OSU and state-wide communities. Extension activities provide support for our training programs and provide important services to the citizens of Oregon.

Join us is solving some of the important challenges our society faces, this is a career with impact.

Kind regards,
Kim A. Anderson, Department Head
Professor |Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Department
Director |Food Safety and Environmental Stewardship Program

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