The field of toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of chemical, and biological agents on human and environmental health. Toxicologist assists in conducting research to identify health hazards and investigate interventions. The goal is to identify environmental and therapeutic exposures of concern and reveal mechanisms by which exposures cause adverse human diseases, identify interventions for the prevention of adverse effects, and ensure the protection of the environment and public health.
Our EMT programs offer a unique and exciting synthesis of the fields of Biology (Molecular and Computational Toxicology) and Chemistry (Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry), which positions EMT to focus on creating, disseminating and applying new biomedical and biophysical knowledge to enhance the treatment and prevention of human disease, and to ensure the protection of the environment and public health. This integrated approach, combining both the biological and physical sciences, provides exciting training and research opportunities for graduate students and supports our state-of-the-art and internationally competitive research programs. EMT offers a highly collegial and exceptionally collaborative, research, and training environment dedicated to the success and advancement of all EMT students, faculty, and staff.
The Toxicology program offers an integrated interdisciplinary course of study leading to the MS or Ph.D. degree. The program focuses on teaching students the scientific principles of toxicology and focuses on investigating the biology, chemistry, and mechanism of toxins and the interaction with the environment. Area of research expertise within the program spans from understanding the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment, detecting, interpreting, and understanding the distribution of chemicals, elucidating the mechanism of system-specific toxicity, application of molecular and computational approaches to understand mechanisms of susceptibility and develop therapeutics, and using zebrafish to identify structure-activity relationships of chemicals and nanomaterials.
Graduates of our program gain a fundamental foundation of toxicology, and research training that positions them for careers in academia, government, industry, and consulting firm. The Toxicology program provides a unique combination of didactic and experiential learning from nineteen faculty members with diverse research programs collectively aimed at understanding environmental hazards and their impacts on biological systems to protect human health and the environment while complementing and supporting our Toxicology training programs offering Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Toxicology and an undergraduate minor.