Message from Dr Jaspers

Ilona JaspersWelcome to the Curriculum in Toxicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our mission is to provide a cutting edge research and mentoring environment to train students and postdoctoral fellows in environmental health and toxicology. Our trainees are engaged in original research projects addressing important toxicological and environmental health issues, preparing them for independent careers in academia, government, or industry. Using in silico, in vitro, in vivo, as well as human translational research approaches the goal of our trainees’ research is to elucidate the pathogenesis of exposure to toxic agents.

Our interdisciplinary training program involves faculty from numerous Departments and Divisions in the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and School of Pharmacy. In addition, the Curriculum in Toxicology is unique in its interactions with investigators at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, who play key roles in the training of our Toxicology students and postdocs. As a consequence, the breadth of resources available through our program uniquely prepares our trainees for the next steps in their career paths.


Dr. Ilona Jaspers, Director

NC Award Recipients

Two members of the Curriculum in Toxicology receive the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor given by the state of North Carolina.

Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, and Dr. Aziz Sancar, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UNC-CH and the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, are the 2016 North Carolina Award Winners in Science. The North Carolina Award is the highest civilian award bestowed by the state of North Carolina and is awarded in the fields of science, literature, fine arts, and public service. It is sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize of North Carolina” and has been awarded since 1964. Please join me in congratulating these two outstanding members of the Curriculum in Toxicology for this exceptional achievement.

To read more go to http://www.ncdcr.gov/about/special-programs/nc-awards