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Director's Message

Environmental Toxicology PhD Program

Message from the Director

Welcome to the Environmental Toxicology (ENTX) PhD program. It is one of the three PhD programs in the College of Sciences and Agriculture. Established in 2001, the program has graduated 21 students with PhD degrees. The focus of research in the ENTX program is varied and includes chemical and biochemical toxicology, cellular and molecular biology, developmental biology, material science, and bioinformatics. The program has five full-time and ten adjunct faculty. The adjunct faculty hail from disciplines of engineering (civil, electrical, and mechanical), sciences (biological science, biochemistry, and physics), and medicine. Most ENTX faculty have PhD degrees with several years of postdoctoral training from leading National and International Universities/Institutes. The faculty collaborate with scientists at Louisiana State University, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Tulane University School of Medicine to mention some. The ENTX faculty and students have received funding support from the national and international agencies like Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, Louisiana Biomedical Research Network, LONI institute, Louisiana Board of Regents, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation.

For students joining with a BS degree, the ENTX program provides a Master's degree option en route their PhD degree. The program has all the basic infrastructural facilities needed for conducting research in different areas of environmental/molecular toxicology. The program is housed in the Health Research Center consisting of two conference rooms with audio visual facilities, well equipped research laboratories, and core facilities for cell/tissue culture and molecular biology. 

Most of the students admitted into the ENTX program receive either graduate or teaching assistantship through PIs' grant support, the Title III HBGI program (some restrictions apply), or the Graduate School. The students are however required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 and above and show substantial progress in their research work to be able to be supported in an uninterrupted manner. 

For additional information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Doris Patterson (; Tel: 225/771-3846).

Rao M Uppu, PhD, DABT, ATS

Director, Environmental Toxicology PhD Program