Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

TOXICOLOGY

Toxicology is the science of poisons and their interactions with living systems. The University of Kentucky Graduate Center for Toxicology trains individuals to use the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences in the study of the causes, mechanisms, and evaluation of toxic agents as well as the sources, identification and quantitation of toxicants. The center has six core and approximately 45 jointly-appointed faculty, who are drawn from departments and colleges acxross the campus, including Agriculture, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Medicine, Nutritional Sciences, Pathology, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Radiation Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine. The program offers both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Toxicology. The Center's primary toxicologic emphases are in the areas of Immunotoxicology, Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicology, and Neurotoxicology with areas of special study available to students in aquatic toxicology, arthropod toxins, behavioral toxicology, equine toxicology, genetic and biochemical toxicology, mechanisms of carcinogenesis, nutritional toxicology, pesticide toxicology, radiation toxicology, and reproductive toxicology.

The University of Kentucky Graduate Center for Toxicology (G.C.T.) has been in existence for more than twenty years and has awarded more than 100 graduate degrees. Many G.C.T. graduates have gone on to take important positions in academia, government and business.

The current student body consists of over thirty predoctoral students and eight postdoctoral students. The average entering class size is seven. The Center provides National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Pre-doctoral Fellowships, Research Challenge Trust Fund Fellowships and research assistantships. Outstanding candidates may also qualify for Academic Excellence Supplements which offer stipends over and above regular fellowship support.

The G.C.T. is located in the Health Sciences Research Building in the Medical Center within easy walking distance of all major research units and colleges. Excellent research support facilities are available, including hybridoma, transgenic mouse, macromolecular structure, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, proteomics, DNA array, and electron microscopy facilities.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have strong undergraduate preparation in chemistry, biology and mathematics. Applicants should be graduates of accredited colleges with an appropriate baccalaureate degree (e.g., chemistry, biological sciences, etc.), hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and have a combined Graduate Record Examination score (verbal and quantitative) of 1100 or more.

Those interested should direct inquiries to:

The Graduate Center for Toxicology

University of Kentucky

306 Health Sciences Research Building

Lexington, KY 40536-0305

Telephone: (859) 257-3760

Fax: (859) 323-1059

E-mail: gctinfo@uky.edu

www.mc.uky.edu/toxicology/

GRADUATE COURSES

TOX 508 RESEARCH METHODS IN TOXICOLOGY (1-3)

TOX 509 BIOCHEMICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY (3)

TOX 560 ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY (SAME AS
BIO 560) (4)

TOX 600 ETHICS IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (SAME AS VS 600) (1-2)

TOX 645 NEUROTOXICOLOGY (2)

TOX 649 ADVANCED MOLECULAR PHARMACOLOGY (SAME AS PHA/
PHR 649) (2)

TOX 650 CELLULAR AND HISTOTOXICOLOGY (SAME AS VS 650) (2)

TOX 663 DRUG METABOLISM AND DISPOSITION (SAME AS PHA 663) (2)

TOX 670 CHEMICAL CARCINOGENESIS (SAME AS PHA 670) (3)

TOX 680 MOLECULAR MECHANISMS IN TOXICOLOGY (5)

TOX 690 PRACTICAL ANALYTICAL TOXICOLOGY (SAME AS VS 690) (3)

TOX 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

TOX 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

TOX 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

TOX 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

TOX 770 TOXICOLOGY SEMINAR (0-1)

TOX 780 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN TOXICOLOGY (2)

TOX 790 RESEARCH IN TOXICOLOGY (1-12)

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