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Areas of specialization:

  • Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology comprises all aspects of the scientific study of drugs in man. Its objective is to optimize drug therapy.
  • Environmental Toxicology is the study of how chemicals move within the environment and affect biological systems.
  • Genetic and Developmental Pharmacology and Toxicology is the study of interactions between drugs or toxins/toxicants and gene products.
  • Metabolic Fate and Pharmacokinetics is the study of the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination of drugs.
  • Neuropharmacology and Toxicology is the study of how drugs affect cellular function in the nervous system.
  • Respiratory Pharmacology and Toxicology is the study of how both drug and toxin exposure affect the human respiratory system.
  • Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Toxicology is the study of the molecular mechanisms through which toxicants produce adverse effects.

This tremendous breadth of areas represented by the faculty offers a wide choice of areas in which to specialize. In addition, formal programs termed Designated Emphasis in Reproductive Biology, Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology, Designated Emphasis in Translational Research and a graduate academic certificate in Air Quality & Health are available to you if you wish to pursue subspecialty areas of Pharmacology and Toxicology in greater detail.