Toxicology 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.)

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.

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