Why choose this programme option?
Toxicology is a research field that attempts to systematise and explain the way in which toxic substances function and how we can evaluate the potential danger exposure represents to humans or ecosystems. The immune systems of animals and plants towards toxins is a central part of toxicology, which also encompasses the study of toxic substances produced by organisms.
Toxicology and ecotoxicology intersect with all other biological fields since research focuses on the way in which toxic substances affect biological systems and processes. This means that it is useful for (eco)toxicologists to also have good insight into other areas of biology and chemistry. Subjects (eco)toxicologists are expected to know about include: which substances are carcinogenic; how certain substances affect the reproductive systems of fish; how antioxidants can give protection against cancer; how pesticides work, and why some are selective and others are not.