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The Toxicology Graduate Program at the University of Rochester recruits and matriculates the highest quality students from around the United States and from all parts of the world. They participate in a rigorous toxicology curriculum, attend national and international meetings, and contribute to cutting edge research.

Many of our students have published manuscripts in high profile international journals and present abstracts at a host of large and small scientific meetings. In addition, our students participate as members of the curriculum, admissions and colloquium committees, website, and annually present their ongoing research to fellow students and to the toxicology community as a whole.

With a long history as an internationally recognized center for research and training in toxicology, the genesis of toxicology at Rochester can be traced back to World War II when the Manhattan Project sponsored critical studies on health problems associated with atomic energy and weapons production.

Our program is one of the oldest and strongest research-oriented toxicology programs in the nation, and 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, 2010. Trainees who come to Rochester work with a team of dedicated faculty, who are internationally recognized, well-funded, and deeply committed to education and mentoring.

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Catherine Beamish
Catherine Beamish, BS

Research Interest:

Developmental toxicity of methylmercury and other heavy metals

Janine Cubello
Janine Cubello

Research Interest:

Studying the effects of lead exposure and gestational iron deficiency on neurodevelopment and cellular functioning in the central nervous system. 

Kristina Fenner
Kristina Fenner

Research Interest:

Studying the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells during viral infection 

Ian Krout
Ian Krout

Research Interest:

The gut microbiome role in methylmercury toxico-kinetics 

Thomas Lamb
Thomas Lamb

Research Interest:

Investigating the effects of flavoring chemicals in e-cigarettes on macrophage function 

Joseph Lucas
Joseph Lucas

Research Interest:

Studying the effects of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid on lung barrier integrity and the development of asthma 

Alyssa Merrill
Alyssa Merrill

Research Interest:

The effects of endocrine disrupting compounds on both fetal and maternal health following gestational exposure. 

Sarah Morgan
Sarah Morgan

Research Interest:

Investigating the bioactivity of microplastics and their adsorbed chemicals in an in vitro mammalian model. 

Ryan Owens
Ryan Owens

Research Interest:

The relationship between the immune system and neuronal activity. 

Mackenzie Palmer
Mackenzie Palmer

Research Interest:

Investigating cellular mechanisms that are involved in the development of radiation-induce pulmonary fibrosis. 

Melanie Perkins
Melanie Perkins

Research Interest:

Investigating the role of B cells in autoimmune disease

Elizabeth Plunk
Elizabeth Plunk

Research Interest:

Investigating the effects of developmental exposures to environmentally relevant toxicants on glia and neurons

Nashae Prout
Nashae Prout

Research Interest:

Investigating the immune modulatory effects of environmental exposures.

Emily Quarato
Emily Quarato

Research Interest:

Defining role of mesenchymal stem cell phagocytosis in radiation induced bone loss. 

Alexandra Strohm
Alexandra Strohm

Research Interest:

Perturbations in microglia/neuronal communication following radiation

Adelaide Weidner
Adelaide Weidner

Research Interest:

Investigating the roles of non-classical ovarian androgen signaling and endocrine-disrupting chemicals in polycystic ovary syndrome