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.
Kadijah Abston, M.S.
Define the information carriers in semen underlying Pb-induced transgenerational behavioral alterations.
Developmental toxicity of methylmercury and other heavy metals
Investigating the role of proton sensing G-protein coupled receptors in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Studying the effects of lead exposure and gestational iron deficiency on neurodevelopment and cellular functioning in the central nervous system.
Studying the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells during viral infection
Jakob Gunderson, M.S.
Investigating the effect of methylmercury on adult Drosophila myogenesis via the Nrf2 pathway
The gut microbiome role in methylmercury toxico-kinetics
Investigating the effects of flavoring chemicals in e-cigarettes on macrophage function
Studying the effects of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid on lung barrier integrity and the development of asthma
Studying the ways in which mixtures of thyroid hormone disrupting chemicals alter the development of the immune system in Xenopus laevis
The effects of endocrine disrupting compounds on both fetal and maternal health following gestational exposure.
Investigating the bioactivity of microplastics and their adsorbed chemicals in an in vitro mammalian model.
Investigating cellular mechanisms that are involved in the development of radiation-induce pulmonary fibrosis.
Using the Drosophila model to investigate methylmercury toxicity in developing muscle.
Defining role of mesenchymal stem cell phagocytosis in radiation induced bone loss.
Ashley Rackow, M.S.
Investigating the dysregulation of metabolic pathways which contribute to the pathogenesis of cardiac and pulmonary fibrosis
Jasmine Reed, M.S.
Investigating the effects of maternal exposure to estrogenic chemicals, including BPA and TBBPA, on reproductive health and pregnancy outcomes.
The effects of Human Herpes Virus 6A's latency gene U94A on neurological diseases
Keegan Vaughan, M.S.
Role of AHR in modulating hematopoietic stem cell homeostasis and influencing lineage-biased hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells