Genetic Susceptibility


Differences in genetic make-up affect the way we respond to environmental health risks, such as exposure to toxic chemicals like pesticides. People respond differently to substances in the environment. Some of these responses can be attributed to differences in our genetic make-up, which make us more or less sensitive to the substances around us. Researchers want to find out more about these genetic susceptibilities and to find ways to keep us all healthy.

Scientists at the DEOHS are conducting basic research on the ways that genetic and environmental factors combine to affect susceptibility to diseases and disorders including:

  • adverse reactions to drugs and chemicals
  • age
  • asthma
  • birth defects
  • cancer
  • occupational factors
  • Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders

Our Involvement



  • ENV H 513 Basic Concepts in Pharmacogenetics and Toxicogenomics
  • ENV H 514 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology I
  • ENV H 515 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology II
  • ENV H 516 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology III
  • ENV H 517 Children's Environmental Health
  • ENV H 531 Neurotoxicology
  • ENV H 532 Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology
  • ENV H 533 Molecular Toxicology
  • ENV H 535 Inhalation Toxicology

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