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 postgraduate training in cellular and molecular toxicology by providing a formal means by which students can readily interface with a range of faculty interested in toxicology. This includes facilitating interdisciplinary research collaborations and providing ancillary student and research infrastructure support.

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 trainees). During this training period, students learn specific experimental techniques to carry out the research, experimental design, statistical analysis, and presentation of research findings in oral and written forms. Through interactions across departments, as well as through the support of the associated Center for Research on Environmental Disease (CRED), 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 organized nature of the training program has attracted undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral students from diverse departments and colleges across campus that are interested in learning more about toxicology research.

The distinguished group of CMCT faculty members all have in common successful independent research programs in one of three distinct, but integrative areas of research: critical developmental periods & endocrine/hormone disruption; mechanisms of environmental carcinogenesis; and diet, energy balance and environmental disease risk. Each of these distinct research areas shares a unifying theme: to define host responses to environmental toxicants and to dissect the influence of diet and genetic background on these responses. Each one of these distinct areas consists of teams of researchers who conduct innovative complementary interdisciplinary research. There are significant collaborative interactions both within as well as between the three focus areas of the CMCT. The list of faculty and short description highlighting their research areas that follows:

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: March 28, 2011

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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