Examples of areas being pursued within the Center for Environmental Health Services, either as discrete projects or as parts of broader scope projects, include:
- identification and characterization of targets and effects for toxic chemicals;
- metabolism and elimination of toxicants from living organisms;
- biochemical defenses of organisms against the toxic effects of chemicals;
- biochemical and behavioral neurotoxicology;
- structure-activity relationships;
- toxicant transport and availability;
- toxicant and metabolite identification, and quantification;
- pesticide exposure of people;
- environmental monitoring of pesticides;
- computational modeling of toxicant-protein interactions;
- age-related effects of toxicants.
- risk factors for health disparities
- environmental chemicals and diabetes
- development of antidotes to nerve agents
- immunotoxicology of pesticides and drugs of abuse
- role of endocannabinoids in toxicology
- chemical atherogenesis
Graduate and undergraduate students are heavily involved in these research projects, and student training is a major concern of the participating faculty.
Specific Research Projects
Facilities and Equipment
Since faculty are located in a variety of Mississippi State University units, the facilities and equipment of all of these units are being used for research projects conducted within the CEHS projects.
These units include:
- College of Veterinary Medicine
- College of Arts & Sciences
- Division of Agriculture, Forestry & Veterinary Medicine
- Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology
- Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station
State-of-the-art chemical analysis equipment, instruments used to monitor biological and biochemical responses, animal holding facilities and computer capabilities are all available for research projects. Mechanisms are in place for handling projects requiring good laboratory practices and quality assurance/quality control.