Pharmacology and Toxicology - About Us

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology currently consists of eighteen primary faculty members with varied and scientifically diverse research interests in neuropharmacology, molecular toxicology, cancer pharmacology, and chemical biology. Departmental faculty serve as Director of the NIEHS Center in Environmental Toxicology, the Center for Addiction Research, and the Chemical Biology Program. Through institutional support to UTMB from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Welch Foundation, the department is currently recruiting faculty in chemical biology.

Our training programs include medical, graduate, and postdoctoral education. Former students and postdoctoral fellows hold a variety of responsible positions in academia, research institutes, government laboratories, and industry. Current employment opportunities are especially bright for trainees from our program. The pharmaceutical industry, in particular, is in great need of well-trained pharmacologists and toxicologists with the expertise to integrate information from molecular/cellular and whole animal studies. In addition, with the unprecedented opportunities for new drug discovery and development resulting from the Human Genome Project, pharmacologists and toxicologists should remain in great demand because they can help to translate discoveries from genomics and structural biology into therapeutic compounds. Detailed information about the research interests of individual faculty members and about graduate courses can be found in the Website.

Lawrence Sowers, Ph.D.
John Sealy Distinguished Chair for MD/PhD Combined Degree Studies in Honor of Dr. Truman G. Blocker
Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Director, MD-PhD Combined Degree Program
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-0617

Contact Information:

Pam Arbour
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
MD/PhD Combined Degree Program
The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-0617
Phone: (409) 772-9678
Email: pearbour@utmb.edu