Environmental agents contribute substantially to many diseases of great public health concern. The development of cancer, chronic lung diseases, and other neurological dysfunctions, as well as immunological disorders, are known or suspected to be associated with exposure to environmental agents.
The challenge that we are facing in the today’s world is to understand how environmental exposures affect human biology and health and how we can apply the knowledge gained from sciences such as biology and chemistry to improve quality of life.
The research program of the Applied Biological Sciences curriculum aims at the application of knowledge in biological sciences to different aspects of environmental health such as identifying biomarkers that indicate exposure to toxic substances or indicate the origin of diseases, identifying ways to reduce the environmental pollutants, and understanding the mechanism of diseases. The results of this research work will be applied to develop means to prevent diseases caused by substances in the environment.