The 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.
A Top 5 Toxicology Graduate Program
Our program is one of the oldest 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.
A Safe, Welcoming and Supportive Environment for Graduate Study
We encourage students to investigate the academic and social climate in which they will be working. We recognize that recent allegations and an independent investigation may have raised questions about choosing the University of Rochester for your graduate studies. The University is deeply committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment for graduate students. We are taking steps to further strengthen that commitment.
- The CARE network—our nationally recognized program for expressing concern about any person, incident or issue in the University community and getting support to address it—serves all graduate and post-baccalaureate students as well as University undergraduates.
- Our Ombudsperson Program for graduate students and postdoctoral appointees adds a layer of confidential and independent support for discussing any concern and also for reporting inappropriate behavior.
- The Office for Inclusion and Culture Development promotes diversity and is tasked with ensuring that policies and practices to support learners are clear, consistent, and communicated effectively across all medical center education programs.
Our goal is to provide a first-class research and training environment in which faculty, learners and staff are united by mutual respect and the love of science. You’ll see this in Dean Mark Taubman’s response to the independent investigator’s report and the welcome message from Richard Feldman, interim president designate for the University. Find more resources and information on this website or talk to your program representative if you have questions.