Maxwell Leung


Dr. Leung has expertise in toxicology, computational modeling, and risk assessment. His research lays the groundwork for applications of the Caenorhabditis elegans and virtual tissue models, including a comprehensive C. elegans toxicology review that has been cited over 750 times. Prior to joining ASU, he worked in the Department of Pesticide Regulation at the California Environmental Protection Agency. He participated in California’s effort to end the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos and co-authored the scientific assessment of chlorpyrifos as a toxic air contaminant. Additionally, he contributed to the establishment of the state’s limits on pesticide residues in legalized cannabis.

Dr. Leung is teaching in the Pharmacology and Toxicology (B.S.) and Biological Data Science (M.S.) programs at ASU. A key objective of his research is to identify the potential health hazards of cannabis-contaminant co-exposure on teenagers, women of childbearing age, as well as cannabis users with susceptible medical conditions. He is currently studying the potential interactions of cannabinoids and cannabis contaminants in medical patients with high-throughput text mining. He is also using transgenic C. elegans, network analysis, and agent-based models to evaluate early-life exposure to cannabis contaminants on neurological and male reproductive development.


Postdoctoral fellowship, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2016); Ph.D., Duke University (2012); M.Sc., University of Guelph (2007); B.Sc., University of Hong Kong (2004)


Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
FOR 394 Special Topics
PTX 394 Special Topics
LSC 394 Special Topics
PTX 450 Pharmacology & Toxicology Lab
PTX 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
PTX 499 Individualized Instruction