Environmental Toxicology Research

The Environmental Toxicology Concentration provides both didactic and research training on the fate and effects of pollutants in the environment. Research and training encompass both human and environmental health consequences of exposure to environmental contaminants. A multidisciplinary approach to research and training are emphasized, spanning levels of biological organization (molecular, biochemical, physiological, organismal).

Research interests of the Environmental Toxicology faculty cross several disciplines and faunal groups (fish, mollusks, insects and crustaceans). Specific foci include endocrine toxicology, nuclear receptors, thermal biology, toxicology and physiology of metals, conservation biology, and the environmental fate of chemicals (chemical speciation, sampling and analytical methods, bioavailability). Visit the individual faculty research pages listed below to learn more about their research.

 Faculty  Research Description
Gerald A. LeBlanc Environmental signaling, endocrine toxicology, mixtures toxicology
 Ronald E. Baynes  Dermatopharmacokinetics of drug and chemicals, Assessing the absorption of chemical mixtures
 David Buchwalter, Coordinator of Environmental Toxicology Concentration  Population level approaches for the study of environmental stressors using aquatic insects as a model organism
 W. Gregory Cope, Extension Leader and Coordinator of NC State University Agromedicine  Effects of anthropogenic stresses on aquatic organisms; bioavailability, fate and transport of pollutants
Kevin M. Crofton  PCBs, dioxins, and other persistent organic pollutants, thyroid hormones and developmental neurotoxicity
 Michael R. Hyman  Biochemistry of soil nitrifying bacteria as it relates to wastewater treatment and environmental impact of fertilizer; microbial co-metabolism and filamentous fungi as they relate to bioremediation
 Seth W. Kullman  Molecular, computational and comparative/functional genomic approaches to examine gene environment interactions
 Mac Law Mechanisms of carcinogenesis in fish models such as the japanese medaka
 Elizabeth Nichols  Persistent organic pollutant fate in the environment in particular soils and sediments, pollutant bioavailability , ecological toxicology and risk assessment, hazardous materials management
Michael K. Stoskopf Evaluation of habitat risk for mitigation or stock enhancement, petroleum, therapeutants