NIEHS Toxicology Training Grant
Pre- and Post-doctoral Education in Environmental Toxicology. The NIEHS has aided research and training in Toxicology at UTMB since 1990 with a Training Grant in Molecular Mechanisms for Environmental Injury (T32 ES07254). This mechanism supports several graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in laboratories engaged in environmental health science research, and provide a relevant curriculum, training and foundational opportunities for a career in environmental toxicology. Resources provided by the CET greatly enhance the research and educational opportunities and the intellectual climate for the trainees associated with current Training Program preceptors who are CET investigators.
A major goal of the interdisciplinary NIEHS Training Program is to prepare trainees for independent careers in research, teaching, or the application of toxicology information to areas such as risk assessment and our legal system. Professional development of all pre-doctoral and post-doctoral toxicology trainees is fostered in the following ways: 1) by facilitating access to core laboratories and other resources of the CET; 2) by providing regular opportunities to meet in small groups with visiting seminar speakers; 3) by helping trainees prepare presentations of their research in oral platform or poster formats; 4) by providing guidance in the formulation and preparation of applications for individual fellowship and Pilot Project research funds; 5) by encouraging their participation in the development of mini-courses and in the organization of regional scientific meetings; and 6) by providing trainees with experience in mentoring undergraduate students who conduct research projects in the laboratories of Training Program preceptors as part of our Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).