Features of Our Program

  • Trainees receive $30,000 annual stipends. $27,144 of this is funded through NIH, and the rest by the HSC Office of Research & Graduate Education. Full tuition waivers and student health insurance.

The Systems Toxicology (syTOX) Predoctoral Training Program provides training at the interface of systems physiology, environmental exposures and toxicology. It draws on graduate faculty in our Biomedical Sciences Training Programs at the WVU Health Sciences Center with strong training and research backgrounds as preceptors; resulting in an outstanding range of approaches to the understanding of interaction of physiological systems and toxicities.

Systems toxicology is an integrated graduate training program that crosses several departments and colleges at WVU, as well as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Preceptors and trainees are drawn from the seven graduate programs in Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Psychology, Public Health, and Health Outcomes (Pharmaceutical Systems & Policy) PhD Programs. The syTOX Program provides graduate students with strong training at the interface of the major physiologic systems and toxicology, with a programmatic focus around diverse inhalation exposures and the associated science/technology are also proposed. 


The Training Program selects the best PhD students from the participating Biomedical Sciences Training programs at the WVU HSC and will prepare them with the skills, knowledge and acumen needed for a successful career in systems toxicology research. The specific training for each mentee will be tailored based on their annually updated Individualized Development Plan (IDP), and a “Career Options” Program will help prepare them for their chosen career.

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WVU is an R1: Doctoral University, the highest research activity as described by the Carnegie classification of institutes of higher education.