Pharmacology and Toxicology - Graduate Program
The Graduate Program has the dual overarching aims of (1) advancing scientific knowledge, and (2) preparing students to become independent scientists. The Program is housed within the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology which has 14 full-time faculty members. An additional 8 faculty from other medical school departments are also active members of this graduate program, bringing the total number of participant faculty to 22. These faculty are involved in a wide range of research problems in which technicians, postdoctoral fellows and graduate student researchers play a substantial role.
These research programs provide many opportunities for addressing research questions using a variety of experimental approaches, ranging from whole animal behavioral responses to cellular biochemistry to DNA structure. Our faculty utilizes state of the art methodologies including mass-spectrometry analysis of native nucleic acids and proteins, high resolution imaging, single cell electrophysiology, viral technology, behavioral assays, to answer fundamental questions in cancer research and neuropharmacology that could rapidly translate into new cures for human diseases.
While this program is designed for those students seeking a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology, there are opportunities, under special circumstances, for M.S. degree candidates. Further, the curriculum is designed to mesh seamlessly with the M.D.-Ph.D. Program, to enable students in the combined degree program to do their graduate work in Pharmacology and Toxicology.Click to learn about Research questions currently under investigation