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Research

A diverse range of research interests within the environmental toxicology graduate program are grouped into three main emphasis areas:

Chemical Fate

This research unit focuses on investigation of the chemical fate of inorganic and organic contaminants in aquatic and terrestrial environments. The unit seeks an understanding of the biogeochemical processes and chemical speciation of contaminants affecting their transport and bioavailability, which are intimately linked to today's top environmental issues concerning human and ecological health and climate change. A number of faculty specialize in one or more areas, studying the environmental fate of chemicals using techniques and models from the fields of (geo)chemistry, microbiology, molecular toxicology and bioremediation.

Faculty Member

Research Interest

Phone and email

Anker, Jeffrey

Single cell nanoparticle toxicity assays

864-656-1726; janker@clemson.edu

Carraway, Elizabeth

Environmental chemistry

864-646-2189; ecarraw@clemson.edu

Kitchens, Christopher

Toxicology of nanoparticles

864-656-2131; ckitche@clemson.edu

Lee, Cindy

Transformation mechanisms and kinetics of organic contaminants

864-656-1006; lc@clemson.edu

Macauley, Matthew

Toxicokinetic modeling

864-656-1838; macaule@clemson.edu

Martinez, Nicole

Environmental radiochemistry

864-656-5567; nmarti3@clemson.edu

Schlautman, Mark

Environmental geochemistry; chemical fate and transport

864-656-4059; mschlau@clemson.edu

Biochemical Toxicology

This research unit focuses on the investigation of the mechanisms of toxic actions of chemicals and their resultant perturbation of physiological, cellular, biochemical and molecular processes. This group studies contaminants such as endocrine disrupting toxicants, pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants, as well as organics and heavy metals. Associated faculty specialize in one or more areas, including the study of detoxification enzymes, nuclear receptors, endocrine and immune systems, and microbes.

Faculty Member

Research Interest

Phone and email

Bain, Lisa

Toxicant biotransformation and elimination; arsenic and development

864-646-2187; lbain@clemson.edu

Baldwin, William

Nuclear receptor regulation of P450s; environmental genomics

864-646-2185; baldwin@clemson.edu

Brumaghim, Julia

Biological (in)organic chemistry

864-656-0481; brumagh@clemson.edu

Gallicchio, Vincent

Therapeutic agents for AIDS and cancer

864-656-2424; vsgall@clemson.edu

Rice, Charles

Comparative immunobiology and immunotoxicology

864-656-0449; cdrice@clemson.edu

Strickland, James

Toxicology of natural plant materials

864-656-3138; jrstric@clemson.edu

van den Hurk, Peter

Phase II detoxification enzymes and biomarkers

864-656-3594; pvdhurk@clemson.edu

Ecological and Aquatic Toxicology

This research unit focuses on the interactions between organisms and environmental contaminants. These interactions include characterizing the environmental factors that control contaminant bioavailability, response of organisms to multiple stressors, recovery of organisms from sub-lethal contaminant exposure, movement of contaminants through food webs, and the responses of organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems to contaminant exposure. Faculty members work with a variety of contaminants including pesticides, metals, trace elements, pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting chemicals and nanoparticles.

Faculty Member

Research Interest

Phone and email

Bain, Lisa

Toxicogenomics and fish

864-646-2187; lbain@clemson.edu

Baldwin, William

Nuclear receptor regulation of P450s; environmental genomics

864-646-2185; baldwin@clemson.edu

Bridges, William (Billy)

Statistical modeling in environmental applications

864-656-3012; wbrdgs@clemson.edu

Johnson, Alan

Landscape ecology, risk assessment

864-656-4390; alanj@clemson.edu

Rice, Charles

Marine environmental toxicology

864-656-0449; cdrice@clemson.edu

Schwedler, Thomas

Fish health management

864-656-2810; tschwdl@clemson.edu

van den Hurk, Peter

Toxicology of pollutants in aquatic ecosystems

864-656-3594; pvdhurk@clemson.edu

White, Sarah

Nutrient remediation using constructed wetland systems

864-656-7433; swhite4@clemson.edu