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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Toxicology?

Toxicology is the study of harmful effects of chemicals on people, animals, and other living organisms.  Much of the good life we have is because we use chemicals properly, including medicines, pesicides and cleaning products.  Toxicologists are the scientists who help us decide how much is too much of a good thing!


Why do we need toxicologists?

Toxicologists use their specialized education and training to make significant contributions to science and soecity.  Some conduct studies that are curcial to the discovery of what happenes to us when we are exposed to toxic levels of drugs, pesticides, air pollutants and other chemicals, including exactly what happens at the biochemical and molecular levels.  Many important regulatory decisions are based on information provided by toxicologists.

What exactly do toxicologists do?

Industry Toxicologists - These toxicologists contribute to the development of new and useful products like pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals and a huge variety of consumer products (e.g., soaps, cosmetics, food additivies, paints, etc.).  They perform toxicity testing experiments and evaluate other relevant data collected by other laboratories.  This provides vital information for evaluating the safety of a drug or other chemical that helps to set allowable dosages, exposure concentrations and other necessary regulatory requirements.


Regulatory Toxicologits - 


ULM College of Pharmacy
Bienville Building
1800 Bienville Dr
Monroe, LA 71201

7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Shannon Banks
School of Basic Pharmaceutical & Toxicological Sciences
Sugar Hall 256
(318) 342-1892