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PhD Programs

PhD in Toxicology


The graduate program in toxicology has developed a national and international reputation for quality education in the areas of molecular toxicology, cancer biology and pharmacology, neurotoxicology and immunotoxicology.

Doctoral education in toxicology is focused on solving problems arising in the field of toxicology. As such, the program focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying the toxic effects of therapeutic agents, industrial chemicals and environmental toxins. An integral component of this program is investigation and characterization of the genetic components that underlie an organism's or tissue's resistance or susceptibility to toxic agents.

The objective of the program is to educate pre-doctoral students to develop independent research careers in molecular and environmental toxicology. Upon completion of the toxicology graduate program, students will receive a PhD degree in toxicology and utilize their training in academia, industry or government.

The toxicology graduate faculty has primary appointments in the School of Pharmacy, the School of Medicine, the Webb-Waring Antioxidant Research Institute, the National Jewish Medical Center or the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. Research opportunities for trainees cover the breadth of toxicology with major strengths in cancer/carcinogenesis/chemoprevention, oxidative stress and antioxidants, neurotoxicology, pulmonary toxicology, hepatotoxicology, pharmacogenetics, pharmacogenomics, immunotoxicology and forensic and clinical toxicology.

In addition to graduate students, there are many postdoctoral fellows, highly trained technicians and undergraduate researchers within the Toxicology program. After students complete their coursework and choose a project, they become essentially full-time researchers until the dissertation is submitted to the faculty. Students normally attend and present their research results at national scientific meetings. Communication with scientists at other institutions is considered an important facet of research training.

About the Program

The average time to earn a PhD from the program is 5.5 years.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the PhD in toxicology.

Tuition and Financial Aid

All PhD students in good academic standing are guaranteed financial support.

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