Research Areas - Pharmacology and Toxicology

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Research in the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology encompasses studies investigating basic and translational mechanisms of drug action, the neuropharmacology of addiction, environmental factors that impact health and lead to disease, DNA repair and genetic instability, and cancer biology, treatment, and prevention.

Broadly, this research can be divided into 3 main areas, with corresponding faculty listed below.

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Research Areas and Corresponding Faculty


This includes research in the neuropharmacology of drug and alcohol abuse, neuroendocrinology, neuroimmunology, and neurotoxicity.


Cancer Mechanisms

This includes research in mechanisms of cancer development and progression, DNA damage, DNA repair, and genetic instability in cancer.


Environmental Health and Disease

This includes research in reproductive toxicology, liver toxicity and disease, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, environmental regulation of developmental and age- and obesity-related disease, and cell signaling in environmental disease.