Pharmacology and Toxicology

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There are three aspects to the graduate training program in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. The first aspect is mastery by the student of the fundamentals of pharmacology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, signal transduction, toxicology and physiology. These fundamentals are taught at the graduate level through formal courses, informal seminars and journal clubs and countless conversations at the lab bench. The second aspect is the development of the communication skills that are essential for a successful career in research. These skills are developed by practice; students in our program present seminars, and write scientific papers and mock grant proposals. Finally, and most importantly, the third aspect of the program is the development of research skills. This occurs in the laboratory of a research mentor who is a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

The major research emphasis in the Department is mechanistic studies of drug and toxicant action. In particular, faculty in the department study signal transduction processes, including fundamentals of receptors and second messengers (cyclic nucleotides, G proteins, ion channels, eicosanoids and calcium) as well as signaling cascades that result in changes in DNA transcription. Toxicological research programs include xenobiotic metabolism, biochemical toxicology, and neurotoxicology.

Recent graduates of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology have obtained postdoctoral positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Rochester, Purdue University, Monsanto Co., the University of Cincinnati and the University of Virginia. Graduates who are now beyond their postdoctoral training have obtained faculty positions at academic institutions, including the SUNY-Buffalo, Johns Hopkins University, Louisiana State University, University of Iowa, University of Cincinnati, Stanford University and The Medical College of Wisconsin. Other graduates have chosen careers in industry, including Somatogen in Colorado, Wyeth Laboratories in New York, Abbott Laboratories in Illinois and Chevron in California.

Current students in the Department come from all over the world. The undergraduate institutions of our current students include: University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Alverno College, Fundan University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Department recognizes that the intellectual growth of graduate students is facilitated in a stimulating and nurturing environment and recognizes an obligation to provide an environment that encourages scholarly work, promotes meritorious scientific research and is responsive to the academic needs of its students.

For more information contact Dr. John Auchampach, Course Director in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at 414-456-5643 or email at
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