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Message from the Director

Welcome to the CMTC web page. The Center was formed in 1997 to develop and expand programs in toxicology and carcinogenesis at Penn State University. Over the past sixteen years the Center has fostered the development of interdisciplinary research programs as well as graduate and undergraduate programs in toxicology. This was accomplished by the hiring of outstanding faculty, post-doctoral fellows, coupled with the recruitment of highly qualified students. In 2004 we moved into a new state-of-the-art research building with modern core facilities. The metabolomics facility is housed within the CMTC and we provide administrative support and work closely with this core laboratory. Financial support for the CMTC is provided from a variety of sources including Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment, the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences, grants from industry and the National Institutes of Health.

Overall goals of the Center are:

  • Provide a structure for the development of multi-investigator projects in the area of environmental toxicology across the university
  • To enhance collaborative interdisciplinary research
  • To understand toxic effects of compounds at the molecular and biochemical level
  • To enhance program development and provide a variety of learning opportunities to students and scholars
  • To provide expertise, equipment and facilities for cutting edge research

Students and post-doctoral fellows work closely with faculty and staff to develop strong research programs that lead to publications in world-class journals. Students present their work at national and international meetings. Research within the Center involves a number of disciplines such as biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and oncology. Graduates have moved on to faculty positions at institutions such as the University of Kentucky and the University of Adelaide, and research scientist positions at companies such as Merck, Schering Plough, and Monsanto. Also, many graduates have decided to continue their education by moving on to post-doctoral positions at institutions such as Harvard University, National Cancer Institute, M.D. Anderson, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences and University of Wisconsin. We hope that you enjoy visiting our web site. Please don't hesitate to contact individual faculty if you are interested in our research or teaching programs.

Gary H. Perdew, Ph.D.

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