The Division of Translational Toxicology is a new academic unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health that conducts basic and translational research on the human health effects of chemicals, including pesticides, hormones and heavy metals. Although the division is new, the long-standing expertise of Dr. Edson Albuquerque, the Director, in various fields of toxicology will lead the group, which includes faculty members who have broad expertise in neurotoxicology, endocrinology, behavioral toxicology, and toxicogenomics, into new frontiers. The Division provides graduate level training primarily through the Graduate Program in Toxicology within the Graduate Program in Life Sciences of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The Graduate Program in Toxicology is supported in part by a Training Grant from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, which also supports postdoctoral training in toxicology.
Faculty members in the Division use a number of multidisciplinary approaches that integrate information from the molecular to the cellular and behavioral levels for a comprehensive understanding of the impact of chemicals on neuronal and endocrine systems. Faculty in the Division have interests in many aspects of toxicology, including, but not limited to, molecular and cellular mechanisms of actions of pesticides, heavy metals, hormones and therapeutic drugs, animal and cellular models of toxic injury, and epigenetic mechanisms that underlie the developmental toxicity of various chemicals. The ultimate goal of the Division is to integrate a broad expanse of skills required to translate the identification of a novel molecular target for a specific toxicant into a clinically useful therapeutic entity.
Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, and students all have active research collaborations with numerous clinical and basic science departments and institutes within and outside the University of Maryland School of Medicine.