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Dr. Jennifer Toyoda

Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ecotoxicology Program

Today's Research for Tomorrow's Oceans


Dr. Toyoda joined the Ecotoxicology research program at Mote in 2022 after completing her Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Louisville. Her graduate work sought to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of metal-induced carcinogenesis. Using the One Environmental Health approach, which holistically addresses risks of environmental toxicants to human health, wildlife health, and ecosystem health, she employed field work and molecular assays to investigate genotoxicity in cells from humans, whales, and alligators. As a member of the Ecotoxicology program, she studies how natural toxins and man-made chemicals affect marine ecosystems. Florida red tide toxins, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and other compounds threaten wildlife and cause human illnesses. Dr. Toyoda applies molecular techniques and toxicological assays to understand and mitigate the health impacts of harmful environmental chemicals on important marine species and public health.


Ph.D. University of Louisville (Pharmacology & Toxicology)
M.S. University of Louisville (Pharmacology & Toxicology)
B.S. University of Kentucky (Biology)
B.A. UMass Amherst (Studio Art)