The Graduate Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology integrates coursework in toxicology, signal transduction, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, pharmacology, drug metabolism, and a variety of related disciplines. Students admitted to the Graduate Program undergo three laboratory rotations in their first year before selecting a faculty mentor for their dissertation research. Dissertation research is performed in the laboratories of program faculty. Graduates earn the Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology. The training process typically requires 4.5 years. Ph.D. students from other graduate programs at the University of Arizona can also apply to our Training Grant if they can take 9-units courses in toxicology.
Predoctoral Training Objectives
- Teach the basic principles of chemical and biological sciences as applied to toxicology
- Teach the specialized topics that are unique to our discipline
- Allow the student to specialize in allied areas through elective coursework, research rotations, and workshops
- Rigorously expose the students to the application of the scientific method
- Develop scientific writing and presentation skills
- Expose students to a variety of research environments to assist in developing multi-tasking skills and skills for studying complex diseases
- Provide the opportunity for students to learn the newest technology
- Integrate trainees into laboratories of NIEHS TG Faculty to provide dissertation research projects
- Build career competence and confidence through career development events and interactions with alumni and successful scientists
- Build leadership skills through appointments at the University, regional and national organizations
Postdoctoral training prepares scientists for careers as independent investigators in the environmental health sciences and toxicology. The core of the postdoctoral training experience is the research project work in the mentor's laboratory. Postdoctoral training emphasizes independence of initiative and direction.
Postdoctoral Training Objectives
- Provide training in research of Environmental Toxicology of Complex Diseases with a high degree of individual independence under the direction of a primary mentor.
- Provide opportunities to network and collaborate with other faculty members
- Provide opportunities to apply the scientific method in individual project planning and research proposal writing
- Provide opportunities to develop personnel supervisory skills
- Provide opportunities to develop teaching skills
- Provide opportunities for an enhanced level of professional leadership activity