Toxicology Education & Research

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The field of Toxicology offers a wide range of research and educational opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.

 

Research Opportunities

Our Toxicology laboratories are equipped to support the university’s clinical and basic science research programs and to provide the most sophisticated clinical patient testing possible. The Forensic Toxicology Specialty Testing Laboratory provides unique flexibility and a high degree of utility in the academic health center environment. The forensic laboratory carries out a broad range of studies in both clinical and forensic areas. In general research projects in this laboratory have focused on analytical methods for the detection and quantification of drugs and poisons in biological specimens such as blood, urine and postmortem tissues, as well as, by-products of the synthesis of illicit drugs. Current research projects include:

  • Study the matrix effects of tissue on 10 different sample preparation techniques using opiates and liver as models and LC-MS/MS as the detection technique.
  • Determine the potential for additional heroin biomarkers in urine which may have extended detection times.
  • Study the stability of cannabinoids in baked goods.

 

Education Opportunities

The forensic laboratory provides the opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate student students to gain experience in forensic and analytical toxicology.

Students enrolled in the Master of Forensic Sciences Program in the College of Humanities and Sciences may fulfill their 300-hour Internship requirement in our forensic laboratory. Masters students interested in an Internship should complete the required Forensic Science Program application and contact Dr. Wolf.

Students enrolled in the undergraduate Forensic Sciences Program in the College of Humanities and Sciences may complete an Internship elective in our forensic laboratory. Undergraduate students interested in an Internship should complete the required Forensic Science Program application and contact Dr. Wolf.

 

Useful Toxicology Links

VCU Forensic Science Program

Udergraduate Admissions

Master of Science in Forensic Science Degree