Pharmacology is a field of science that studies the mechanism of action of drugs in order to develop and optimize their therapeutic potential. Toxicology, on the other hand, is the study of the mechanisms responsible for the adverse effects of drugs, as well as chemicals, physical and biological agents on living organisms.
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, genetic instability, and cancer biology, treatment, and prevention. Faculty in the Division 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
To 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.
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