University of Mississippi
School of Pharmacy Division of Environmental Toxicology

Ph.D. and M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

with emphasis in Environmental Toxicology

Through research and course work, students will have the opportunity to understand the effects of environmental contaminants and stressors on human health and environmental quality. It is with this understanding that the necessity for high quality basic and applied research becomes apparent in order to set environmental policy and regulations. The program goal is to contribute scientific information that will allow economic growth to occur in a climate of quality, cost-effective health services and ecologically meaningful environmental stewardship. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for careers in academics, industry or governmental service.

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  • Admission

  • Applicants with undergraduate degrees in pharmacy, toxicology, chemistry, biological science or another program that provides a sound background in the biological and physical sciences will be considered for admission. Three letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member in their major department, and a personal statement outlining their research and career goals are required. These will be requested by the graduate school when you submit your online application.
    To be considered for the ETGP Graduate Program, you must be admitted into the Graduate School of the University of Mississippi. Directions and application forms are available HERE.


  • Degree Requirements

  • Degree Requirements – The core curriculum for both the Ph.D. and Masters degrees in Environmental Toxicology is as follows:

    PHCL 675 Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology I, 4 credits
    PHCL 676 Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology II, 4 credits
    BISC 504 Biometry, 3 credits
    PHCL 547 Introduction to Environmental Toxicology, 2 credits

    Ph.D. students will present a minimum of 36 hours of credit in course work beyond the baccalaureate in addition to 18 hours of credit in dissertation.

    MS students will present a minimum of 24 hours of credit in course work beyond the baccalaureate in addition to 6 hours of credit in thesis.

    To complete their coursework requirements, students with the advice fromtheirCommittee will select from a list of approved electives.

    In addition, each semester a seminar program will be arranged. Each Ph.D. student will present a minimum of four seminars during their period of graduate study, while the M.S. student will present 2 seminars. For both courses of study at least one of the seminars can be the student's thesis/dissertation.

    Comprehensive Examination - For admission to Ph.D. candidacy, the student must successfully complete a comprehensive examination (both written and oral) administered by the graduate faculty on their committee and members of the Graduate Student Admission, Retention, and Review Committee and an ORP.

ETRP Faculty

Faculty associated with the Environmental Toxicology Program currently conduct research and educational activities that seek to identify and resolve problems related to environmental health issues. Accordingly, the graduate faculty of the School of Pharmacy will offer advanced areas of study and research leading to a Ph.D. or a M.S. degree with an emphasis in Environmental Toxicology. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the field of toxicology, there is a close association between the other graduate programs in the school including Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Members of the UM faculty outside of pharmacy in the departments such as Geology, Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering also have expertise and offer courses of which Environmental Toxicology students may take advantage.

*Indicates members of the ETRP Graduate Student Admission, Retention, and Review Committee

Marc Slattery*

ETRP Coordinator
Professor of Pharmacognosy
Director of the Ocean Biotechnology Center and Repository


John Rimoldi*

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry


Dr. Kristine Willett*

ETRP Graduate Student Coordinator
Professor of Pharmacology


Dr. Asok Dasmahapatra

Research Associate Professor, Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr. Bonnie Avery

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics


Dr. John Matthews

Professor of Pharmacology


Dr. Deborah Gochfeld

Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Natural Products Research


Dr. Brian Scheffler

Adjunct Professor of Medicinal Chemistry


Dr. Kevin Schrader

Research Microbiologist


Dr. Ikhlas Khan

Assistant Director, National Center for Natural Products Research
Joint Professor of Pharmacognosy