Environmental Health and Toxicology
Environmental Health & Toxicology
Air, water, and soil pollution damages ecosystems and harms human health. People exposed to environmental contaminants such as industrial chemicals, heavy metals, and pesticides can develop conditions such as cancer, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Exposure to toxins can also cause neurological problems, damage the immune and reproductive systems, and impact children's development. Toxic substances in the environment typically have the most significant impacts on the poor and most vulnerable in society. This group studies the effects of environmental toxins and creates strategies to promote health and social justice.
Our Programs and Faculty
Related Degrees and Certifications
Faculty and Staff
- Laura Brentner
- Justin Harbinson
- Tim O'Brien
- Greg Palmer
- Federico Sinche
- Yanning Wei
At SES, students will have access to a multitude of facilities and resources. Facilities specific to this sustainability and toxicology include:
- Analytical Chemistry Lab
- Culture Lab
- GIS Lab
- Research Labs
- STEP Labs
Loyola graduate student Jenna Molaro, focuses on microplastics and why microplastics are such a big issue and how her time at SES has benefitted her research.Watch Video
The United States has an obsession with waste. Two Loyola alums are tackling it head on.Read More
Student Research Opportunities
Undergraduate Research Fellowships
SES Undergraduate Research Fellowships allow students to conduct interdisciplinary research on issues related to unsustainable natural resource uses in the greater Chicago land region.
Graduate Student Opportunities
Graduate students have an opportunity to apply as an Alfred H. Baum Family Graduate Research Scholar to fund and explore the impact of toxins in the environment on natural ecosystems and humans.
Student Internships and Jobs
The School of Environmental Sustainability provides hands-on internship opportunities for students to get deeply involved in our environmental initiatives.