Pharmacology & Toxicology

The mission of the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology is to contribute to the fields of pharmacology and toxicology through excellence in research as well as through the training of students in order to provide the next generation of leaders in these fields. This mission is accomplished through faculty driven research projects, formal training of graduate students in pharmacology and toxicology and opportunities for undergraduate students in research.

Division Research

Research in the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology encompasses studies elucidating basic and translational mechanisms of drug action, the neuropharmacology of addiction, environmental factors that perturb health and lead to disease, DNA repair and genetic instability, and cancer biology, treatment, and prevention.

Our curriculum and research program prepare students for careers related to the actions of drugs and their therapeutic potential, and toxicological mechanisms of disease. Faculty and students use cutting­-edge biochemical, molecular, cellular, physiological, and behavioral experimental approaches in their laboratories. Through interactions across various departments, centers and institutes, Division faculty and students have access to state­-of-­the­-art facilities in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and imaging technologies and expertise.

Ph.D. Graduate Program

Research work under hoodTo earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, students participate in graduate education, research and scholarly work that is designed to promote student achievement of the highest level of professional and academic competence. A student receiving an advanced degree from the College of Pharmacy is prepared for a career in research and scholarly work in various settings including an academic institution, industrial company or governmental agency.

Students in the program develop a research project of their own creation, under the supervision of some of the field’s premier faculty, in order to attain the highest level of professional and academic competence in the field and practical experience in independent research. Visit the degree requirements page for details about the curriculum and  division-specific requirements.

Eligibility & Admissions

Students entering our program have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline such as pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry or a biological science. This training should include coursework in biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, calculus and physiology.

Additional details about eligibility and admissions can be found on the Research & Graduate Studies site.


Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program
Pharmacology & Toxicology Faculty
Eligibility and Evaluation of Applicants
Application Procedures


Research & Graduate Studies
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