Jaclyn Caņas-Carrell, Ph.D.



Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology

Associate Director, STEM Center for Outreach, Research and Education


The Institute of Environmental and Human Health


B.S. (2001) Zoology

Texas Tech University

Ph.D. (2005) Environmental Toxicology

Texas Tech University

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2005-2006)

Western Ecology Division, Environmental Protection Agency, Corvallis, OR

Areas of Specialization

Analytical Toxicology

Environmental Chemistry


STEM Education and Outreach


P.O. Box 41163

Lubbock, TX 79409




Research Interests

In general, I am interested in characterizing exposure of organisms to environmental contaminants. This involves utilizing analytical techniques to determine how much of the contaminant is present. I am also interested in understanding the fate of chemicals in the environment.

Currently, I am interested in evaluating the potential toxicity of manufactured nanomaterials. My lab focuses on nanotoxicology and fate related to plants and invertebrates.  In addition, we are also evaluating the effects of carbon nanotubes on the fate of other contaminants (both organic and inorganic) in a terrestrial environment.



Passion for Increasing Diversity in Science

As a double minority (Mexican American and female), I am extremely passionate about helping underrepresented minorities succeed in higher education and science! I am the Director of the Plains Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, which is a partnership between South Plains College and Texas Tech University and funded by the National Institutes of Health.


I am involved in several other STEM Education projects funded by the National Science Foundation with collaborators in Mathematics, Biology, Education and Texas Tech University Administrators.


I am also the faculty advisor for the TTU Student Chapter of SACNAS. I also recently co-founded the West Texas Association for Women in Science.





Recent Publications



Plains Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program


                            Last Updated 8/30/13