How does what we’re exposed to through our air, water, food, and other sources affect our health? Toxicologists help to answer this question by studying the harmful effects of all types of chemicals on biological systems—humans, animals, and plants—and the environment.
The field continues to grow rapidly due to the vast numbers of new chemicals that enter the market each year through the pharmaceutical and chemical industries and the need for careful government oversight of this process. Many job openings go unfilled, making this a great time to obtain a degree in toxicology.
The toxicology major at Nazareth College provides a strong foundation for students planning to use their bachelor’s degrees to pursuein industry, government, and academia as well as those planning to further their education through graduate school in the life sciences. A degree is also excellent preparation for medical, dental, veterinary, or pharmacy school.
Toxicologists enjoy an excellent job outlook.
Education: Ph.D., Integrative Biosciences, The Pennsylvania State University; B.S., Biology, Duquesne University
Teaching and Research Interests: Toxicology, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, scientific communication, online education. My current research focuses on bioremediation -- exploiting the natural metabolic capabilities of plants and bacteria to degrade pollutants in our environment.
Mirzi Grace Devolgado '15, microbiologist, Bausch + Lomb
"This program taught me to be reliable, self-sufficient, and intellectually curious, all of which are necessary in the ever-growing field of toxicology. Working with a professor in Nazareth's summer research program allowed me to apply all the knowledge I gained in the classroom to the laboratory setting. My research focused on the ability of bacteria to degrade environmental pollutants such as insecticides."