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Toxicology @ Guelph

The Collaborative Toxicology Program at the University of Guelph developed from society’s increasing need to understand and study the adverse effects of chemicals on human and animal health as well as the health of the environment.  Historically, toxicological principles were found primarily in the fields of chemistry and pharmacology. Today, toxicology encompasses broader and more diverse fields of study such as ecosystem health, including water, air and soil quality, plant health, microbes, and insects, sustainable agriculture and human and animal health.  The recent realization that natural substances as well as manufactured chemicals present risk to all living organisms and the environment, has multiplied the number of potentially harmful chemicals that need to be examined. The contribution that diet, herbs and nutraceuticals may make to toxicity and health are being recognized.  Recently, concern has been raised regarding potential toxicity of engineered nanoparticles and has resulted in the new field of nanotoxicity.

To fully understand the adverse effects of chemicals, information from many of the cited areas of study is needed.  The field of molecular biology is expanding our understanding in toxicology to the level of the genome in plants, animals and humans.  Toxicological epidemiology, risk analysis and risk management draw upon experts in the statistical sciences.  Because all of these areas of science are well represented at the University of Guelph, the Toxicology Program presents a unique opportunity to students in Canada.  In addition, the University of Guelph is held in high regard throughout Canada and many other regions of the world as evidenced by high rankings in external surveys regarding faculty, library resources, medical and science grants, alumni support, and its consistent high place ranking in the Maclean’s Reputational Survey for Canada.



News & Updates

JOB TITLE: Postdoctoral Position in Molecular and General Toxicology at Bureau of Chemical Safety, Health Canada, Ottawa ON (Posted Nov 10, 2014)

A 2 year postdoctoral research position is open in the laboratory of Dr. Ivan Curran of the Bureau of Chemical Safety, Health Canada. The project is funded by the Genomics Research and Development Initiative of the Government of Canada and will investigate in vivo model studies of Health Canada priority flame retardant chemicals and fungal toxins for biomarkers of health effects. The project will leverage existing in vivo rodent studies to identify molecular targets, microRNA (miRNA) in serum and milk associated with dietary exposure to HC priority fungal toxins and anthropogenic chemical contaminants currently detected in foods.


JOB TITLE: Product Stewardship Advisor at Shell Canada Ltd. (Posted Oct 24, 2014)

The Shell Canada Ltd. Product Stewardship Advisor role will be responsible to ensure all Shell Canada business units meet Royal Dutch Shell Product Stewardship policies.


The successful applicant will interact with key business focals in Health Safety & Environmental, Purchasing and Contracting and Procurement (and others) to provide support to ensure Shell is in compliance with all federal, provincial and regional regulations related to importation, purchase, use, sale or export of product materials or substances. In addition this position will represent Shell Canada interests in the regulatory development of any product stewardship related policy issue at the federal, provincial and regional levels.


JOB TITLE: Analytical Environmental Chemistry postdoctoral position at Environment Canada (Posted Aug 29, 2014)

A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Amila De Silva and Dr. Derek Muir at Environment Canada, a federal government department. The project is funded by Environment Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan


JOB TITLE: Forensic Technologist, Toxicology (Apply by May 13, 2014)

Would you like to be part of a team conducting highly specialized forensic examinations and analyses? Ontario's Centre of Forensic Sciences is one of the most extensive Forensic science facilities in North America.


The Centre of Forensic Sciences - Toxicology Section, is seeking an experienced technologist to participate in examination of body fluids and tissues for the presence of drugs and poisons.


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Toxicology Director
Dr. Richard Manderville
SCIE 3243
Ext. 53963

Toxicology Graduate /
Undergraduate Secretary

Karen Ferraro
SCIE 2513
Ext. 53044


The Guelph Factor

Personal Contact and Support

The University of Guelph strongly believes in the personal approach to education.
Faculty is always eager to discuss course materials one-on-one.
Help Centres staffed by Faculty and Teaching Assistants, are available to assist students with course and lab materials.
Small laboratory and seminar classes provide a unique learning experience, enhanced by pioneering web-based teaching and evaluation.
• Fourth-year students have the opportunity to participate in an independent practical or theoretical undergraduate research project related to toxicology under the supervision of a faculty member.

The flexibility of the program also allows students to choose from biomedical or environmental course electives depending on their area of interest within toxicology.

Hands-on Learning: The University of Guelph is committed to applied learning in the sciences, where you will develop valuable skills in the analytical toxicology, molecular biology, medical toxicology and physiology laboratories (with instruments used in modern analytical, forensic and toxicology labs).

University of Guelph
Toxicology Program
CPES Dean's Office
1314 Science Complex Atrium Wing
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
519-824-4120 ext. 53049
Fax: 519-823-2808