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 degree program 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. Nazareth is the only college that offers this program in Rochester.
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
Anne Pysnik '15 researched phytoremediation — using plants to remove toxins — with professors at Nazareth, while studying environmental science and toxicology. She secured a competitive internship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, looking into titanium dioxide and tracking tasks for work on the Ebola virus.