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Toxicology

The Intercollegiate Faculty of Toxicology at Texas A&M University is composed of graduate students, faculty and post-doctoral fellows from several departments and colleges within the University. The program is committed to provide high quality graduate education and excellence in research. Both faculty and graduate students have received national recognition for their endeavors.

Texas A&M University offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Toxicology. The M.S. program requires 36 hours of post baccalaureate training while the Ph.D. program requires 96 hours. The Ph.D. program is flexible based on the student's previous training and career goals. The Master's program is more limited with fewer elective credit options. For full admission to the graduate program, applicants must have a satisfactory grade point ratio and Graduate Record Examination test score and must be accepted by both the Faculty of Toxicology and a specific department prior to admission in the program. The Faculty of Toxicology usually selects six to eight new students per year.

Fifty-nine faculty from nineteen departments in seven colleges and three associated laboratories within the University are members of the Intercollegiate Faculty of Toxicology. The major areas of research include cellular and molecular toxicology, applied veterinary toxicology, environmental and food toxicology, developmental and reproductive toxicology and behavioral and neurotoxicology.

Individual research projects utilize a variety of biochemical techniques and both in vivo and in vitro models to investigate the toxicology of several classes of toxins, diverse carcinogens, food toxins, pesticides, and inorganic and bioinorganic compounds. Numerous interdisciplinary projects are also ongoing with scientists in the faculty and their colleagues within the University and at other institutions.

Collaborative research initiatives among toxicology faculty have resulted in funding for a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Basic Research Program, NIEHS Toxicology Training Grant which supports five predoctoral fellows and two postdoctoral fellows, and more recently, an NIEHS-funded Center for Environmental and Rural Health. Additional funding comes from other federal and state agencies and from the University.

The toxicology program offers University fellowships and graduate research assistantships which are funded by federal and state agencies and by the University and are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified applicants. Graduate assistantships are usually secured before applicants are admitted. Financial aid is also available through the University's financial aid office. Several of the research groups associated with the Faculty of Toxicology are located in the 100,000 square foot Veterinary Medical Research Building. Others are located in a number of research facilities on the campus. These laboratories have state-of-the-art equipment relevant to their particular discipline.

The Faculty of Toxicology hosts a seminar series each fall and spring semester in which speakers from across the nation and from within Texas A&M University present various aspects of toxicology and research. The Faculty also supports travel for toxicology students to attend the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology and the regional Gulf Coast Society of Toxicology. Students are encouraged to participate in platform or poster competitions at these conferences. Together, the seminar series and the conferences allow students to meet other students and professionals within their areas of interest and begin networking for future employment opportunities.

To receive additional information on the Toxicology Graduate Program and a Texas A&M University graduate application, please contact the Toxicology Chair, Dr. Stephen H. Safe or Graduate Advisor, Kim Daniel at the following address:

Faculty of Toxicology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4461
Tel: (979) 845-5529
FAX: (979) 862-4929
E-mail: tox@cvm.tamu.edu