Examples of areas being pursued within the Center for Environmental Health Sciences, either as discrete projects or as parts of broader scope projects, include:
- identification and characterization of targets and effects for toxic chemicals;
- risk factors for health disparities;
- metabolism of toxicants;
- environmental chemicals and diabetes;
- development of novel antidotes to nerve agents;
- biochemical defenses of organisms against toxicity;
- immunotoxicology of pesticides and drugs of abuse;
- biochemical and behavioral neurotoxicology;
- structure—activity relationships;
- toxicant transport and availability;
- pesticide exposure of people;
- environmental monitoring of pesticides;
- age-related effects of toxicants;
- chemical atherogenesis;
- role of endocannabinoids in toxicology.
Graduate and undergraduate students are heavily involved in these research projects, and student training is a major concern of the participating faculty.
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
- 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.