William Toscano, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

William Toscano

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-859-2120

Office Address:
1165 Mayo

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 807 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Biochemistry, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, 1978

MS, Analytical Chemistry, Indiana University of PA, 1972

BS, Chemistry, Indiana University of PA, 1968

Post Doctoral, Pharmacology, University of Washington, Seattle, 1978-1980


My research interests include the action of dioxins and other polychlorinated compounds on development, the effects of environmental signals on human reproduction, and the creation of transgenic biosensors of environmental toxicants. 


Chronic diseases, environment & exposures, equity, genetics, infectious disease, endocrine disruption, global health, epigenomics, social determinants of health, dioxins, human development, built environment, minority health

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2017, Washington County, "Non-Residential Water Efficiency Through MnTAP Site Assessments and Interns," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Air Emissions Assessment and Source Reduction Identification and Implementation in a Minneapolis Community," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2018, MN Pollution Control Agency, "Pollution Prevention Opportunities in the Minnesota Food Processing Industry," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Implementation of Less Hazardous Degreasing Products in the Make a Visible Difference Community, Duluth MN," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, University of Cincinnati, "Hazardous Material Worker Health and Safety Training (U45) Cooperative Agreement," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, MN Department of Commerce, "Decreasing Compressed Air Demand by Optimizing Tool Use," Principal Investigator
  • 2015–2018, MN Pollution Control Agency, "Minnesota Technical Assistance Program Master Agreement FY2016," Principal Investigator
  • 2015–2017, MN Department of Commerce, "Investigation of oil spill transport in a coupled wind-w," Principal Investigator
  • 2014–2017, MN Metropolitan Council, "Water Conservation Intern Project 2015," Principal Investigator


Selected Recent Publications

  • Chirakadze, A., Buachidze, Z., Khomeriki, I. O., Gvakharia, V., Stamateli, M., Chakvetadze, N., Chokheli, M., Toscano, W. A., Chigogidze, K., Gvertsiteli, L. & Bagrationi, N. "Arsenic pollution of soils and morbidity prevalence in Racha-Lower Svaneti district of Georgia," International Journal of Global Warming, 2016
  • Chirakadze, A., Buachidze, Z., Gigineishvili, A., Kervalishvili, P., Chichua, T., Gurchumelia, L., Berberashvili, T., Khomeriki, I., Kervalishvili, G., Zakharov, G., Oniashvili, G., Wireman, M., Toscano, W. A., Gvakharia, V., Basghadze, I. & Geleishvili, I. "Combined processing of waste organic polymers and manganese bearing waste/low grade ores into fuels and low-carbon manganese alloys," International Journal of Global Warming, 2016
  • Chirakadze, A., Gurchumelia, L., Khomeriki, I., Toscano, W. A., Bazghadze, I., Geleishvili, I., Gvakharia, V. & Geleishvili, T. "Complex processing of manganese bearing waste and low-grade ores by autoclaving method," International Journal of Global Warming, 2016
  • Stepanov, I., Gupta, P. C., Dhumal, G., Yershova, K., Toscano, W., Hatsukami, D. & Parascandola, M. "High levels of tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines and nicotine in Chaini Khaini, a product marketed as snus," Tobacco Control, 2015


Teaching Areas

My teaching interests include environmental toxicology, environmental health basics, and global health.


  • PubH 6101, Environmental Health
  • PubH 6104, Principles of Toxicology
  • PubH 6131, Working in Global Health
  • PubH 6134, Sustainable Development for Global Health
  • PubH 7263, Globalization and Health