Toxicology research and training at Texas A&M University brings together faculty from seventeen departments and six colleges across campus, in addition to two affiliated laboratories (USDA-FAPRL and TVMDL) as well as faculty from several units of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC), including the College of Medicine (two departments), the Institute of Biosciences & Technology (IBT), and the School of Rural Public Health (SRPH).
These researchers collectively form the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology (IFT). The IFT represents a unique training program that encompasses students and faculty from across different fields of study, including Cancer Biology, Reproductive & Developmental Toxicology, Nanotoxicology, Behavioral & Neurotoxicology, Nutrition & Food Safety, Cellular & Molecular Toxicology, and Risk Assessment.
Trainees receive a Toxicology degree, which is administered by the IFT. However, all students are members of the department of their mentors, and the departments receive graduate credit for toxicology students. In addition, students must fulfill the academic requirements of both their home departments and the IFT. This approach facilitates the recruitment of students into the IFT from multiple departments and colleges and greatly enhances the development of trainees who not only have a basic understanding of the environmental health sciences but also appreciate the skill sets of scientists with different research interests.