Master of Science (thesis)

The M.S. in Toxicology is a research-oriented degree requiring a minimum of 30 credit hours and a written thesis. At least 20 credit hours must be graduate-level courses. The program may include no more than 6 credit hours of research and no more than 2 credit hours of seminar. Courses at the 400 level counted towards the minimum 30-hour requirement may not come from the major field. All courses must be approved by the student’s advisory committee. *Students are required to enroll in either GN 701 or CBS 770.

Core course requirements for a Master of Science Degree in Toxicology
TOX 701 Fundamentals of Toxicology (3 credits)
TOX 710 Molecular & Biochemical Toxicology (3 credits)
TOX 715  Environmental Toxicology(3 credits)
GN 701* Molecular Genetics (3 credits)
CBS 770*  Cell Biology(3 credits)
TOX 601 Toxicology Seminar (2 credits maximum)
TOX 620 Responsibility in Science (1 credit)
TOX 695 Masters Thesis Research (6 credits maximum)

Recent MS Graduates

Biology Faculty, Piedmont Technical College

Year Graduated Graduate Name
Dissertation Title/Faculty Advisor
Current Position, Organization, Address
2019 Patricia Sorrow
Epidemiology as a Hypothesis Generation Tool for Toxicology: A Case for Acetaminophen and Adverse Health Outcomes in Children. Mentor-Hoyo
Biology Faculty, Piedmont Technical College
2010 Elizabeth Dittman Cable
Manganese and Aquatic Insects: Bioaccumulation and Biological Effects. Mentor-Buchwalter
Environmental Program Consultant, DHHS, Raleigh, NC
2009 Phillip Bost
Bis(maltolato) oxovanadium (IV) Activation of STAT-1 Signaling in Fibroblasts as a Potential Therapy for Pulmonary Fibrosis. Mentor-Bonner
Technical Supervisor, Laboratory Manager, Carolina Pain Institute, Greensboro, NC
2009 Natalie Hirons
Estimating Chronic Exposure to Steroid Hormones in Water. Mentor-Shea
Scientist, Geosyntec Consultants, Kennesaw, GA
2008 Shad Mosher
Biomarkers of Lead Exposure in the freshwater Mussel Elliptio omplanata for Assessing Transportation Related Impacts. Mentor-Cope
Laboratory Research Analyst II, The Duke Human Vaccine Institute, Raleigh/Durham, NC Area
2008 Tamara Pandolfo
Sensitivity of early Life Stages of Freshwater Mussels to a range of Common and Extreme Water Temperatures. Mentor-Cope
Lecturer, NC State University, Raleigh, NC
2008 Sharon Prochazka
Evaluation of Pesticide Genotoxicity with Freshwater Mussel Hemolymph. Mentor-Cope
Tech project Associate, Counter Tools Chapel Hill, NC
2007 Beth Wasilak Cooper
Glucocorticoid Regulation of the Pregnane X Receptor is a Key Determinant in the Magnitude of CYP3A Induction by Xenobiotics. Mentor-Wallace
Associate, Pharmacovigilance & Medical Affairs at Chiesi, Cary, NC
2007 Jennifer Flippin
Environmentally-Related Mixtures of Thyroid Disrupting Chemicals: Testing Additivity of Hepatic Inducers and Thyroperoxidase Inhibitors. Mentors-LeBlanc and Crofton
Senior Environmental Toxicologist, Tetra Tech, Baltimore, MD
2007 S. Thorne Gregory, III
Effect of Successional Revegetation on PAH-contaminated Sediment. Mentors-Shea and Nichols
Unknown Employment
2007 Caitlin Martin
Delineating Sources and Estimating Cadmium Bioaccumulation & Susceptibility Differences Among Aquatic Insects. Mentor-Buchwalter
Agricultural Scientific Analyst at USDA Foreign Agriculture Service, Washington, DC Metro Area
2006 Richard C. T. Casabar, Captain USAF
Endosulfan Induces CYP2B6 and CYP34A by Activating the Pregnane X receptor. Mentor- Wallace
Clinical Laboratory Officer at USAF, Dayton, Ohio
2004 Emily Kaydos
Fertility and the Sperm Membrane Biomarker (SP22) are Compromised in an Additive Fashion by Priority Disinfection By-Products of Drinking Water: a validation of enzyme linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA) for SP22. Mentor-Klinefelter
Biologist, US EPA, RTP, NC
2002 Benjamin Gersh, MD
Toxicant,Induced Low Birthweight: Relationship to Malformation Incidence and Postnatal Outcome. Mentor – Branch
Physician, Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
2000 Elena Craft
Comparative Responsiveness of Lon Evans Rats versus C57BL/6J Mice Given TCDD-like and Phenobarbital-like PCB Congeners. Mentor – Winston
Senior Health Scientist at Environmental Defense Fund, Austin, TX
2000 Karen Kast-Hutcheson
Identification and Characterization of Embryo Toxicity of the Fungicide Propiconazole to Daphnia magna Mentor – LeBlanc
Ion Chromatography Sales Representative at Metrohm, USA, Raleigh/Durham, NC
2000 Lucia Lopez-Perez
The Toxic and preneoplastic Effects of Chronic Dichloroacetic Acide Exposure in the Japanese medaka small fish model. Mentor – Leidy and Law
Unknown Employment

Current MS Students

Year Enrolled Student Name
Research Area/Faculty Advisor & Laboratory
2018 Sarah Brecht
Nichols Lab
B.S. Biology, St. Marys College, CA
2018 Matthew Farrell
Planchart Lab
B.S. Zoology/Animal Biology, North Carolina State University