Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Analytical and Environmental Toxicology

Divisional Director:  Dr. X. Chris Le
10-102E Clinical Sciences Building
Edmonton, Alberta Canada T6G 2G3
Phone:  (780) 492-6416
Fax: (780) 492-7800
Email:  Dr. Chris Le

Established in 2006, the Division of Analytical and Environmental Toxicology is a unique interdisciplinary program that offers exciting opportunities for training and research in areas bridging analytical chemistry, toxicology, and environmental and health sciences. Our diverse faculty hold several prestigious awards and some have joint appointments with the School of Public Health, the Department of Chemistry, Alberta Health Services, and the Department of Physiology.

Our students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and staff carry out cutting edge research in the development of analytical and bioanalytical technology, biotransformation of environmental contaminants and therapeutic drugs, effects of emerging contaminants on human health, molecular mechanisms of effect, and biomarkers. To enable the broad range of research, our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation and cell facilities.

Our faculty members are recipients of a number of awards, including the NSERC University Faculty Award, the Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Award, SETAC's Roy F Weston Environmental Chemistry Award, Canada Research Chair, NSERC Steacie Memorial Fellowship, Martha Piper Research Prize, and McBryde Medal. Our research projects are funded by external competitive grants and contracts.

Our students have received a number of research awards, including the Vanier Canada Scholarship,  Governor General's Gold Medal, Andrew Stewart Graduate Prize, the MedStar Award and several presentation awards at scientific conferences. Many of our graduate students receive prestigious awards at scientific conferences. Many of our graduate students receive prestigious scholarships from national and provincial funding including Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR), Alberta Ingenuity, Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

We collaborate extensively with biochemists, microbiologists, molecular toxicologists, cancer and public health researches, and industrial and government scientists. Our students, whose previous training may be in any area of basic sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, etc), benefit from cross-disciplinary collaboration, joint supervision, and access to advanced research facilities. Our graduates either pursue further research training or obtain employment in academia, government departments of environmental and health, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, clinical laboratories, or environmental consulting firms.