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Toxicology PhD Program

tox word boxThe Rochester Toxicology Program provides state-of-the-art graduate and postdoctoral training in the environmental health sciences and toxicology. Our mission is to educate and train the next generation of talented, independent toxicologists and environmental health scientists who are able to conduct innovative research and transform their research findings into information, resources, and tools that will be used by public health and medical professionals, as well as the public, to improve overall human health and well-being.

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A Top 5 Toxicology Graduate Program

Our program is one of the oldest (running for 50+ years) and strongest research-oriented toxicology programs in the nation. We are ranked among the top 5 toxicology graduate programs in the USA, according to the National Academy of Science’s NRC Assessment of Graduate Education.

This program is housed within the Department of Environmental Medicine, but our focus is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. As such, faculty mentors come from over 10 different basic science and clinical departments.

Trainees who come to Rochester are able to work with a team of dedicated faculty, who are internationally recognized, well-funded, and deeply committed to education and mentoring students and postdoctoral fellows. Faculty research programs span the entire spectrum of toxicology, from molecular mechanisms and cellular processes to whole organisms and human populations.

Our program alumni have assumed significant leadership positions in academia, government, industry and other occupations related to toxicology, environmental health and public policy, and are making important contributions to research and education in these fields.


Current Trainees


Faculty Members

150 +

Completed Postdoctoral Fellowships

190 +

PhD Graduates

What Sets Us Apart

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Learn more about the core courses, electives, and lab rotations that will be part of the toxicology curriculum

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We support and guide trainees in several areas of research. Browse our Research by current program trainees

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Mentor Relationships

Our students most commonly reference the personal relationships and valuable mentoring they receive as one of the top reasons why they would recommend URMC

What Our Students Say...

"I have thoroughly enjoyed strengthening my critical and independent thinking skills during my graduate education here in the Toxicology Training Program. Continual exposure to interdisciplinary coursework and lab experiences have challenged me to examine toxicological questions and scenarios through multiple lenses, allowing me to feel confident when pursing my own independent research."

Jakob Gunderson

Hometown: Mont Belvieu, TX

Education Background:

  • B.S. in Biology with Minors in Biochemistry and Environmental Studies from Baylor University
  • M.S. in Toxicology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Research Group: Rand Lab

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