What we do

Toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of chemical, physical, or biological agents on people, animals, and the environment. The Toxicology program provides comprehensive course work and research training to prepare prospective toxicologists and environmental health scientists for careers in academia, government, and industry.

We are located on the University’s technology-based Centennial Campus. Based on a strong history and foundation of research funding from the National Institutes of Health, graduate degrees in toxicology were first awarded at NC State University in 1979.

Areas of research excellence within the program include elucidating the relationships among cell signaling processes and toxicant/stressor-induced disease and toxicity, establishing mechanisms of system-specific toxicity, using physiological and genomic approaches to understand differences in species and individual susceptibility to environmental contaminants, and unraveling gene-environment interactions.  PhD students can elect to concentrate in either General Toxicology, Cell and Molecular Toxicology, or Environmental Toxicology.

The Toxicology program continues to define graduate training in toxicology.  Graduate Programs leading to masters (MTOX and MS) and doctoral degrees (PhD) provide students the opportunity to pursue study that will prepare them for a range of career paths.   PhD students are awarded traineeships through various sources, including an NIEHS training grant on “Molecular Pathways to Pathogenesis in Toxicology” and a US EPA cooperative training agreement. Students are provided a competitive stipend and participate in the Graduate Student Support Plan which covers tuition and health insurance. Graduates of our program are primed for leadership roles in academia, government, and industry. Our alumni are a testament to the program’s success.

Please tour our website to gain a full appreciation of the research, academic, and extension activities of the Toxicology program.