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Pharmacology & Toxicology

Center for Molecular & Cellular Toxicology

Training in Molecular Toxicology and Environmental Disease:
A NIEHS-supported program to prepare pre- and post-doctoral trainees for careers in biomedical research with an environmental health perspective

The mission of this training program is to educate and train pre- and postdoctoral students to expertly solve the complex problems and challenges facing contemporary professionals in toxicology and environmental health sciences. This training program has undergone continuous evaluation and modification during its 23-year history to assure that its trainees receive contemporary preparation resulting in the production of highly competitive scientists who are well equipped for modern careers in all sectors of the environmental health sciences workforce that includes academia, government, non-profit, and private business settings. The distinguished group of faculty mentors participating in this training program all have in common successful independent research programs with a shared 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 training program.

This training program is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and is designed to bring together students and graduate faculty from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Smithville, Texas. Collaboration between these two institutes is essential to the program in that it provides greater diversity in research and training opportunities while serving to fulfill specific objectives of the program.

The specific objectives of this training program include:

  1. To recruit highly qualified pre- and postdoctoral trainees from diverse ethnic, cultural, and scientific backgrounds from each of the six participating basic science programs to foster a unique interdisciplinary research and training environment.
  2. To deliver didactic and experiential research opportunities in toxicology aimed at deciphering the underlying molecular, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms of environmental disease.
  3. To expertly train scientists with a unique interdisciplinary perspective that allows them to expertly address the complex challenges that face contemporary environmental health scientists.
  4. To prepare trainees for career opportunities available in all sectors of the environmental health sciences workforce including academia, government, non-profit, and private business settings.

The outstanding training faculty represent a variety of scientific disciplines: pharmacology, toxicology, medicinal chemistry, experimental carcinogenesis, nutrition, and zoology. The research programs of the training faculty are focused on deciphering the underlying cellular, biochemical, and molecular responses to environmental exposures. Specific research interests can be found on the training faculty pages.

This NIEHS predoctoral toxicology-training program involves the integration of faculty and students from many different departmental components (pharmacology and toxicology; nutrition; carcinogenesis; marine sciences; and molecular and cell biology). Each of these programs has slight differences in admissions procedures and programmatic progression requirements. Predoctoral trainees are enrolled in the doctoral program of their admitting home department and will be expected to meet the doctoral requirements for the department to which they are admitted, as well as additional requirements specific to the fellowship.  (Link to the Predoctoral Requirements.) The long-term intent of the postdoctoral training program is to develop mature self-sufficient young scientists ready for independent careers in toxicology and the translation of these findings for the prevention of human disease arising from environmental exposure. The postdoctoral trainees are also expected to meet specific requirements. (Link to the Postdoctoral Requirements.)

See also:
Program Trainees
      Predoctoral Fellows
      Postdoctoral Fellows
Toxicology Seminars
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Program History


Trainees are evaluated for admission into the training program on the basis of GPA and GRE (predoctoral), and letters of recommendation, previous research experience, and interviews (predoctoral and postdoctoral). Trainee progress is monitored throughout the year by participating in seminars each semester, coursework (predoctoral), research development in the laboratory, exchange of manuscripts written by the trainees with the training faculty, and an annual report by the trainees describing their progress. To be eligible for this training program, applicants MUST either be a United States citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.

Last Reviewed: July 9, 2014

Division Information

Mailing Address:
Pharmacology & Toxicology
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas
at Austin
107 W. Dean Keeton
Stop C0875
Austin, TX, USA

Email Address: pharmtox

Phone: 512-471-5158

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