The Environmental Toxicology (ETOX) Graduate Program was initiated in 1989. After more than 30 years of development, ETOX has evolved into a strong and well-established graduate program, dedicated to educate and train future generations of scientists with the knowledge and skills needed to address the complex environmental and toxicological issues confronting our society with multidisciplinary approaches.
Students in our program work on diverse research projects aiming to reveal mechanisms of how environmental and toxicology components affect the ecosystems and human health. By doing so they are able to develop technologies for effective monitoring of the impacts of environmental pollution, cultivate strategies for control, reduction, and even remediation of environmental pollution.
Over the last ten years, the average time to Ph.D. for our students has been between 4.6 to 6.0 years. Career opportunities within toxicology continue to be outstanding, and many of our graduates have entered into productive and successful careers in government, academia, and industry within California and beyond.
Degrees & Training
Our program awards M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, and provides an extraordinary environment to train scientists capable of conducting and directing multi-disciplinary research in toxicology. Training and curriculum includes:
- Core courses in toxicology and elective courses in chemistry, biology, environmental science and engineering, statistics, and biomedical science
- Rigorous research training in project design, data analysis, and quantitative approaches
- Career development via weekly seminar, annual symposium, workshops, and networking events
Faculty Research Interest
As an interdepartmental graduate program, our participating members are from a number of departments in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE), College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS), and School of Medicine (SOM). Although the majority of students have been working in laboratories of faculty from CNAS, our faculty members are strong in diverse research areas, including genetic toxicology and epigenetics, analytical chemistry and proteomics, developmental toxicology, endocrine disruption and metabolism. Some of their focus areas are:
- Analytical Chemistry & Proteomics
- Genetics Toxicology & Epigenetics
- Cellular and Molecular Toxicology
- Developmental Toxicology
- Endocrine Disruption and Metabolism
- Environmental Remediation
- Fate and Transport of Environmental Chemicals
As a result of the dedication of our faculty members, our program is able to provide excellent and competitive financial support and training for our students throughout their graduate studies. Our students are supported by:
- Graduate Fellowships
- A Prestigious Training Grant through NIEHS
- Research and Student Teaching Assistantships
- Program and Campus Travel Support
Read a welcome message by Dr. Wenwan Zhong, Program Director and Professor of Chemistry: