The Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology is a multidisciplinary unit for research and graduate education in the broad areas of toxicology and cancer biology. Our mission is to provide students with an education in toxicology and cancer biology that is based on an understanding of biochemistry, physiology, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and systems biology. This is coupled with in-depth research experience on the mechanisms by which environmental agents cause disease, with primary emphases in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegeneration.
For students specifically interested in a Ph.D. in Toxicology, direct application and admission to the Toxicology doctoral program offers several opportunities. Students directly admitted to Toxicology may select a dissertation mentor from among Core faculty and all Joint faculty of Toxicology and Cancer Biology. Together, these faculty offer students directly admitted to Toxicology a full spectrum of research programs related to environmental, agricultural and biomedical toxicology.
Two different application routes exist for the Doctoral program in Toxicology and Cancer Biology: 1) Students can be directly admitted into the Toxicology and Cancer Biology program, or 2) Students can be admitted to the Integrated Biomedical Sciences curriculum, an undifferentiated first-year core curriculum that serves as the entry point for six doctoral programs housed in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
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