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Department of Environmental Health

Division of Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology

Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology

The Environmental Genetics & Molecular Toxicology (EGMT) Graduate Program offers exciting training in cutting edge research to prepare for a career in academia, industry or government. The curriculum emphasizes genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying environmentally-related diseases. All doctoral graduate students are given a stipend, and are encouraged to be independent scholars, seeking fellowships and awards.

Faculty in the EGMT Division use a wide range of approaches to elucidate the mechanisms that control cellular and molecular processes relevant to environmentally induced diseases. Areas of emphasis include genetic and environmental determinants of individual susceptibility to carcinogenesis, diabetes, aging, and target tissue toxicity (e.g., neuronal, renal and pulmonary). Mechanisms include signal transduction, gene regulation, biotransformation, oxidative stress and epigenetics. Methodologies include transgenic and recombinant inbred rodent models, quantitative trait loci analysis, genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics and metabolomics.

EGMT research facilities are equipped with modern instrumentation. Graduate students receive individualized training from internationally recognized faculty, who hold federally-funded research and training grants and contracts totaling about $10 million annually.

Recent News

Google Scholar Recognition

Daniel W Nebert, MD, Professor Emeritus, was recognized for ranking #639 (tied with 30 others) among the “most-cited scientists and authors, in all fields, since 1900”. First suggested (2005) by physicist Jorge E. Hirsch, the “h-index” is a quantative method for assessing “academic productivity and impact of scholarly work”.

After 20 years a “successful scientist” is estimated to have an h-index of 20, “outstanding scientist” h-index 40, and “truly unique” individual h-index 60, but this depends on the scientific field. In early 2016, Nebert’s h-index was 109––which means he is author of 109 peer-reviewed publications, each of which has been cited by his peers at least 109 times.

Nebert’s publications (genetics and molecular toxicology) presently total ~650, which have been cited almost 53,000 times. His Google Scholar ranking is higher than that of Einstein (physics) or Linus Pauling (chemistry), but lower than Sigmund Freud (pscyhology) or Paul R. Krugman (economics).