Training in Environmental Toxicology of Human Disease

Toxicology defines the study of adverse effects of chemical and physical agents on living organisms. Toxicology training enables individuals to blend diverse disciplines and collaborate with investigators from a variety of backgrounds to address human complex diseases.

Most human diseases are complex. This complexity is related to intricate interactions among environmental and genetic factors that alter the fundamental biophysical and biochemical properties of target organs and modify disease susceptibility by acting at critical stages of development.

The Training Program in Toxicology at the University of Arizona has responded to this challenge by training toxicologists in cellular, molecular, and physiological mechanisms by which environmental factors affect living systems.  Our faculty members are capable of training predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows.  The program has helped prepare scientists for diverse career opportunities in academia, industry and government.

Our toxicology trainees will be well prepared to merge scientific intelligence with the translational research skills necessary to apply state-of-the-art approaches to address the mechanisms by which environmental exposure influence susceptibility to complex diseases. The training environment in the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona offers both world-class facilities and outstanding faculty.

History of the Program

  • Graduate Training in Toxicology Program established in 1973
  • The Program has awarded 215 students with Master’s Degree
  • Ph.D. Training in Toxicology started in 1976
  • The Program has awarded 199 Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • NIEHS Training Grant support since 1979
  • Over past 10 years, our faculty have trained 160 predoctoral and 97 postdoctoral fellows at the University of Arizona