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Research programs in this track are focused on answering the following fundamental question: How do environmental contaminants interact with biological systems? Specific areas of research include: alterations of immune system function by environmental factors; identification of cancer chemopreventive agents and mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis; toxicity of nanoparticles in animal models; the function and regulation of biotransformation enzymes in endobiotic and xenobiotic metabolism, in both in vivo and in vitro systems, using the tools of cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and genomics; the use of biomarkers of DNA damage to determine cancer risk from exposure to xenobiotics; determination of the roles of environmental contaminants and gender (sex) in the etiology of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases using neurochemical, neuromorphological and epidemiological approaches; and detection of pathogenic organisms in water.
Environmental and Occupational Health
The environmental and occupational health track provides a bridge between the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences and the problems and issues addressing the prevention and control of environmentally and occupationally related diseases. Emphasis is on the development and application of a scientific approach to defining and estimating the human health effects of exposure to hazardous materials and balancing them with social, economic, political, and engineering concerns to reach policy recommendations. The environmental and occupational health track curriculum covers such topics as exposure assessment; environmental and occupational epidemiology, hazardous materials management; air, soil and water pollution; control of food and waterborne diseases; radiological health; risk communication; and occupational health hazards.
Research programs in the environmental chemistry concentration are focused on answering the following fundamental questions: How the public population is exposed to chemical contaminants in air, water, soil, food and other environmental media? What physical, chemical and biological processes are involved in the transportation and transformation of chemical contaminants in the environments? Specific areas of research include: analytical method development and application for the measurements of organic and inorganic contaminants in environmental and biological media and in human specimens; atmospheric chemistry and air pollution; nuclear chemistry and environmental radioactivity; and aquatic chemistry and water treatment.