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NCSU Toxicology

Exploring how human health, from the individual to population level, is impacted by environmental stressors and to implement this knowledge to prevent adverse impacts on health and disease.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide students with comprehensive training in toxicology and environmental health sciences and to ensure they are adept at conducting high impact environmental health research, communicating effectively to a wide variety of audiences, and working as part of multidisciplinary teams. Our graduates go on to successful careers in academia, industry, and government.

The NC State Toxicology Program draws on a interdisciplinary group of faculty from Biological Sciences, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Engineering, Entomology, and Plant Pathology to provide outstanding research and training in Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences for MS and PhD students. 

Environmental health science research at NC State has never been stronger as evidenced by the renewal of our NIEHS training grant “Molecular Pathways to Pathogenesis in Toxicology,” now in its 41st year, our NIEHS EHS Core Center Center for Human Health and the Environment, and a recently awarded Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center for Environmental and Health Effects of PFAS.

Our program and centers serve as extraordinary resources for students providing them access to core facilities, sponsored symposia, seminars, workshops, and numerous professional development opportunities.

148 supported students and postdoctoral fellows

Our NIEHS training grant has been continually funding students for 41 years.

Toxicology Highlight

Irvin awarded inaugural Fellowship

Elizabeth Irvin, a second year doctoral student in Dr. Hong Wang’s lab, is one of 30 outstanding doctoral students across the NCSU campus to be awarded an inaugural Goodnight Doctoral Fellowship. This award recognizes Elizabeth’s academic success as a Toxicology student and is renewable for up to four years. A prestigious award, providing an additional supplement directly to the student and covering the cost of student fees, we are thrilled one of our graduate students was chosen as a recipient in the inaugural class of Goodnight Doctoral Fellows.

Picture of Elizabeth Irvin, Toxicology Graduate Student
Elizabeth Irvin

Starnes places first

Hannah Starnes recently attended NC SOT’s Annual Meeting. While at the meeting, she placed first in the Graduate Student Poster Presentation Competition. Hannah presented her work looking at the binding affinity of serum albumin for numerous classes of PFAS, based on different structural features including chain length, degree of fluorination, and functional group. She has provided novel evidence for structural features that influence albumin binding affinity for PFAS and demonstrated differences in binding affinity of serum albumin across species, including rats, pigs, cows, and humans. Hannah is a PhD student in Dr. Scott Belcher’s lab.

Hannah Starnes standing next to her poster entitled, "Comparative Assessment of PFAS Binding Affinities for Serum Albumin Across Species using Differential Scanning Flourimetry."

Lee set to defend

Ho Young Lee will present his dissertation research in a seminar at 9:00am, Thursday, October 27. Please join us for “Mechanisms of Nanoparticle Immunomodulation of Inflammatory Lung Disease in Mice during Chemical or Allergen Co-Exposure” in the Toxicology Auditorium. Ho Young is advised by Dr. James Bonner.

Slide announcing the dissertation defense seminar of Ho Young Lee, student of Dr. James Bonner. Title of seminar is “Mechanisms of Nanoparticle Immunomodulation of Inflammatory Lung Disease in Mice during Chemical or Allergan Co-Exposure.”

Simmers passes unconditionally!

We are happy to announce Mark Simmers, advisee of Dr. Michael Cowley, successfully defended his dissertation on Tuesday, October 18.

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