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PhD in Toxicology

About the Program


The average time to earn a PhD from the program is 5.5 years. Currently, there are 29 students enrolled in the program, representing a 34 percent increase over enrollment from 2002. Students originate from at least four different countries and 52 percent are female.

All regular full time departmental faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences are formal members of the Toxicology graduate program and can take students into their laboratories if appropriate, but there is a core group of faculty who are most active in this program. The core training faculty members are listed below. Ad additional 13 faculty have primary appointments outside the department.

Faculty Research Interest

  • Rajesh Agarwal, PhD. Cancer prevention and therapy
  • Cynthia Ju, PhD. Innate immunity and hepatotoxicity
  • Manisha Patel, PhD. Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and oxidative stress
  • Dennis Petersen, PhD. Oxidative stress and liver injury
  • Richard Radcliffe, PhD. Neuronal pathways and behavior
  • David Ross, PhD. Quinone toxicity and quinone reductases

Toxicology Graduate Program, External Faculty

  • Lawrence J. Berliner, PhD. University of Denver
  • Greg Bogden, PhD. Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug
  • James Crapo, PhD. National Jewish Medical Research Center
  • Brian Day, PhD. National Jewish Medical Research Center
  • Richard Dart, MD, PhD. Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug
  • Sonia Flores, PhD. School of Medicine
  • Andrew Fontenot, PhD. School of Medicine
  • Brian Freed, PhD. School of Medicine
  • Joe McCord, PhD. Webb-Waring Research Institute
  • Robert Murphy, PhD. National Jewish Medical Research Center
  • David Orlicky, PhD. School of Medicine
  • Carl White, MD, PhD. National Jewish Medical Research Center