Center for Molecular & Cellular Toxicology

The mission of the CMCT is to provide leadership for the expansion of programs of excellence in environmental health sciences education and research and to prepare students for careers that address the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which environmental agents instigate toxicity and disease.

The CMCT fosters interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training in molecular and cellular toxicology by providing a formal means by which students can readily interface with a diverse cadre of faculty interested in toxicology. To accomplish this goal, CMCT faculty come from a variety of colleges and departments of The University of Texas at Austin including: the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Division of Medicinal Chemistry of the College of Pharmacy; the Departments of Nutritional Sciences, Marine Science, and Cell and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Sciences; the department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental engineering of the College of Engineering; and the Department of Molecular Carcinogenesis of the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center-Science Park (UTMDACC-SP).

The organized nature of the CMCT has attracted undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral students from diverse departments and colleges across campus that are interested in learning more about toxicology research. Student trainees who work under the mentorship of the listed CMCT faculty participants (see below) are actively engaged in research projects that help guide them to pursue advanced training in toxicology (for undergraduate students), lead to a Ph.D. dissertation (for predoctoral trainees), or develop independent research projects (for postdoctoral fellows). During their research training experiences, students learn specific techniques to carry out the research, experimental design, statistical analysis, and presentation of research findings in oral and written forms. Through interactions across departments, the training faculty and students have access to state-of-the-art facilities that allow for the seamless integration of novel genomic, proteomic, molecular, histopathologic, and imaging technologies into their research projects.

The distinguished group of faculty mentors participating in the CMCT have active independent research programs in diverse areas of toxicology. However, each of the CMCT faculty’s research shares a focus on deciphering the underlying cellular, biochemical, and molecular responses to environmental exposures. This common vision of the training faculty and the contemporary state-of-the-art biochemical, molecular, and cellular approaches that they employ in their experimental approaches coalesce to make this a distinctive and cohesive research and educational training program in molecular and cellular toxicology.

Opportunities for support for pre- and post-doctoral CMCT fellows is available through the

NIEHS-supported training program in Molecular Toxicology and Environmental Disease.

Last Reviewed: July 10, 2014

John H. Richburg,
Ph.D., Director
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
2409 University Ave. Stop: A1900
Austin, TX

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