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The Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology (METX) focuses on the human and environmental health impacts of chemicals and pathogens. This interdisciplinary focus has led to new insights into how microbes cause disease and affect the bioavailability of toxicants in the environment, as well as how organisms respond to these injurious agents. While our research is driven by biological questions, it has a significant translational component and has led to the identification of novel therapeutic targets, approaches for bioremediation, and markers of toxicant exposure. In addition, our department provides an exciting and effective training environment for graduate and undergraduate research and teaching. The METX faculty have been very successful in developing independent and interdisciplinary research programs, publishing in top-rated peer-reviewed journals, and advancing through the professoriate ranks. Moreover our graduate training prepares students to become leaders in various fields,  following career paths in academia, teaching, industry, and government.

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Physical Sciences Building, Room 430

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Phone: (831) 459-4719

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Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

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Degree programs
The Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department at UCSC offers undergraduate and graduate courses in microbiology and environmental toxicology, and grants Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in multiple areas of microbiology, toxicology, and pharmacology to achieve the breadth and depth of perspective required for this interdisciplinary science.

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