Environmental toxicology has become an area of growing interest and concern both to the scientific community and to the general public, since chemicals and pollutants together with other environmental factors are now recognized as major determinants of human health status These chemicals, apart from their inherent toxicity, may modulate toxicity of other substances by interfering with various physiological systems.
Research interests in the Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology are broadly concerned with major health and environmental problems resulting from the use of chemicals.
The major long-range goals of the current programs are:
to elucidate mechanisms through which chemicals and biological agents in the environment induce pathogenesis.
to study the effects of environmental pollutants and industrial chemicals as modifiers of physiological and pathological status and the influence of host factors such as nutritional status, disease states on toxicity and carcinogenicity of chemicals.
- to develop new methods for detection of environmental toxicants.