Area of EXPERTISE: Toxicology and Molecular Epidemiology

Berkeley faculty have contributed pioneering research into mechanisms of toxicity; the application of bioassays for evaluating chemical toxicity; and the development of biological markers of chemical exposure, early effect and susceptibility. EHS faculty -- including Profs. Andres Cardenas, Nina Holland, Martyn Smith, Luoping Zhang, and Steve Rappaport -- are at the forefront of understanding how exposures to environmental chemicals, including pesticides and industrial contaminants, affect human health across a wide range of environments and settings.

Students pursuing EHS M.P.H, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Berkeley can learn and engage in research about chemicals in personal products; exposures to toxicants in contaminated food and water; inhalation of pollutants in air; and the mechanistic interactions between chemical agents and biological processes. Our students gain valuable skills in linking epidemiology, exposure science, and biological mechanisms of disease to understand the influence of chemical toxicants on human health.

Students focusing on this area will critically examine the use of biomarkers in epidemiology; learn about study designs, methods, and analytic approaches in molecular epidemiology; and understand the role of intermediate endpoint biomarkers, proteomics, genotyping, and the identification of susceptibility genes in large-scale epidemiological studies.