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Molecular Toxicology

Molecular Toxicology

Focusing on investigating how, why, and when chemicals cause harm to life — such as affecting cellular and molecular processes leading to cancer — in order to help students prepare for successful careers in biomedical sciences

Application Deadline: December 31


Are you interested in getting a good job in the pharmaceutical industry? Do you have ambitions of starting your own independent academic research program? Would you like to obtain a position with a government regulatory agency (such as the Food and Drug Administration or Environmental Protection Agency)? Are you interested in a science career in a government research organization?

The Molecular Toxicology graduate program will help prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers, by offering you opportunities to:

  • Interact with a highly qualified and innovative set of graduate faculty, from a variety of departments, colleges and campuses
  • Undertake exciting and challenging research projects, using state-of-the-art equipment. Projects typically investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms of toxicity and cancer in relation to animal or human environmental health.

To be considered for admission, you will typically need a foundation of basic knowledge in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry and/or molecular toxicology. More about admission requirements.

The curriculum you follow will depend on your interests. Required courses will depend on your academic background and the campus at which you are based. Elective courses (including seminars, colloquia, internships, supervised experience in teaching, and thesis research) must be chosen in consultation with your academic advisor(s). More about the curriculum, and requirements you need to satisfy to obtain a degree.

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Associate Professor of Veterinary Science
Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State -- including Huck Institutes affiliates Christina Grozinger, Christopher Mullin, Katriona Shea, and Reka Albert -- received three grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation to study various threats to honey bees, including disease, pesticides and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats. Researchers receive $1.14 million to study threats to honey bees - Full article
Mice on a high-fat diet that consumed decaffeinated green tea extract and exercised regularly experienced sharp reductions in final body weight and significant improvements in health, according to Penn State researchers – including Huck Institutes affiliate Joshua Lambert – who suggest that similar results could be realized by people. Research suggests that green tea, exercise boost weight loss, health - Full article
A drug that appears to target specific intestinal bacteria in the guts of mice may create a chain reaction that could eventually lead to new treatments for obesity and diabetes in humans, according to a team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes affiliate Andrew Patterson. Adjusting bacteria in intestines may lead to obesity treatments - Full article