What makes Integrative Biology and Toxicology unique? It’s our emphasis
on integration, either of the mammalian organism as a whole or of
one specific organ system as a part of the entire organism.
In Integrative Biology and Toxicology, we apply this approach in several
The cardiovascular system is an exciting area for understanding
and treating human disease. Students can study the etiology of hypertension,
stroke, diabetes, obesity, and other pathologies. Risk factors,
such as body composition, lipid profiles, blood pressure and cardiac
function are used in human studies.
Diseases and systems are investigated using a wide array of techniques
including animal models, cellular models that employ brainstem cultures
and tissue slices, and mammalian mitochondrial systems.
In the area of epidemiology and morphology, population-based studies
dramatically increase our understanding of human growth, development
and body composition. We also analyze morphological phenotypes thorough
state-of-the-art statistical genetic techniques in order to identify
the genetic underpinnings of normal variation in traits such as
bone density, craniofacial dimensions, or growth trajectories.
Studies of chemical toxicology and defense against biological and
chemical threats have seen a great deal of emphasis since the terrorist
attacks on 9/11 and it has been an important component of many homeland
defense and related government programs.
Our facilities are uniquely equipped to conduct research with chemical
nerve agents and infectious organisms. This evolving science incorporates
many of the newest biological research techniques.
A Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with concentration in Integrative Biology and Toxicology is the ticket for entry into a fulfilling and lifelong
scientific career in medical, academic, or industrial settings.
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or select contact.