Environmental Toxicology Core


To create a sustainable research platform that will accelerate the transformation TSU environmental and biomedical research program to a more efficient collaborative community of researchers’ fully utilizing university research services and infrastructure. Our primary goal is to address training, research problems, and technology transfer issues as they relate to the environment toxicology and health sciences; by increasing the number of under-represented minority graduates these fields.

Current research focuses on the analysis of toxic elements and compounds in a closed environment, trace metals in soil, soil sediments, air and wastewater processes, wastewater contaminants, and environmental policy and law.  We are involved in the development of novel approach to water treatment technology using photo catalytic carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with antimicrobial properties to combat the problems associated with infectious microorganisms in drinking water. 

Another project addresses various environmental concerns of the potential impact of environmental estrogens (EEs) in the lower Galveston Bay Watershed. The project involved the assessment of EEs in the lower Galveston Bay Watershed, specifically San Jacinto River and the Trinity River Systems and the investigation of the toxicity of low level concentrations of EEs found in the watershed on fish cellular model (RTG–2, a reproductive cell lines).

Our “Core Analytical Facility” is an important component of the research infrastructure at Texas Southern University. The mission is to achieve regional, national, and international recognition as a quality environmental analytical laboratory and environmental research program.  This mission will be achieved through the characterization of environmental toxicants in the ambient environment (air, soil, and/or water) and the investigation of the mechanisms involved in the toxicity effect.

There is an alarming global problem in the way we manage, utilize, and approach one of our most precious natural resources – water.  As the global population grows, we are consuming more water.  We are polluting more water and our wastewater treatment technology is not very efficient.  The broad impact of the global water crisis is directly linked to our food supplies, national secure, and global environmental health. Thus, sustaining our precious freshwater resource is among the most critical global challenge that we face in the 21st century.  Our goal is to make a major contribution to this important area of research.


  1. Providing investigators with cutting-edge expertise and advanced instrumentation
  2. Improved utilization efficiencies of limited University research resources – funding, research infrastructure and faculty/staff.
  3. Develop a platform of critical research expertise, services and infrastructures on which a higher research productivity can be achieved

Essential Aspects:

  • Optimal maintenance and operation of state of the art research infrastructure
  • Well trained scientific technical staff
  • Excellent facility accessibility to user community

Benefits to the TSU Research Community:

Optimize research infrastructure needed to energized pharmaceutical/biomedical/environmental research thrust and lead to significant advances in scientific discoveries and funding competition in federal and state level;

  1. Recruiting first-tier new faculty members and scientists nationwide in related areas in order to foster new research programs in this multidisciplinary field;
  2. Minimize critical start up time and funds for new tenured-tracked faculty members;
  3. Creating a perfect platform to promote the current collaborative work with other institutions and high-tech business in surrounding areas, such as Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Prairie View A&M University, Texas Medical Center, etc.;
  4. Strengthening the existing graduate programs in Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Toxicology by attracting qualified graduate students; and cultivating new programs in bio-medical.
  5. Stimulating faculty networking in related research areas biomedical and environmental arenas


In order to further reach our mission to increase the number of under-represented minority graduates and expertise in these fields, the Environmental Toxicology Core will provide laboratory support for the RCMI program.

Core Contact Information


Dr. Bobby Wilson, Director,

L. Lloyd Woods Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Shell Oil Endowed Chaired Professor of Environmental Toxicology
(713) 313-7452

Dr. Renard Thomas,

Co-Director and Associate Professor of Health Sciences
(713) 313-4463



Mr. James Nance,

Research Associate
(713) 313-7906

Dr. Kelvin Anthony,

Research Associate
(713) 313-7906

Mr. Gary Murphy,

Research Assistant
(713) 313-7821