Pharmacology and Toxicology

Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to quality in research, graduate and postdoctoral training and medical education. The research interests of our faculty are broadly based in cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology, cancer pharmacology, toxicology and molecular pharmacology. The research programs in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology are also multidisciplinary in nature and have strong associations with researchers of other basic science and clinical departments. Read more about Pharmacology and Toxicology

William B. Campbell, PhDWilliam B. Campbell, PhD

Florence Williams Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

There is a long history of quality graduate education in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Our graduates are successful scientists in universities, pharmaceutical companies and government. The size of our program encourages the development of a close working relationship between students and faculty. In addition, every effort is made to optimize and tailor our training programs to meet individual student needs in preparation for successful careers in pharmacology and toxicology. Our doctoral program provides diverse research opportunities in the areas of cardiovascular pharmacology, molecular pharmacology, molecular toxicology, neuropharmacology and cancer pharmacology. An emphasis is placed on cellular and molecular pharmacology and signal transduction. The primary objective of our program is to provide students with an academic background and state-of-the-art scientific approaches needed to investigate and solve the important biological and biomedical problems that will be the focus of research in the 2000's.

Earn a graduate degree from Pharmacology and Toxicology

Our graduate degree program includes dynamically changing disciplines such as neuropharmacology and molecular pharmacology. This program receives many students from the Interdisciplinary Program of Neuroscience and Biomedical Science. Learn more

Career Opportunities

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  MCW Presidential Postdoctoral Scholar

Position Purpose

Perform intravital multiphoton imaging for neuroscience studies. The project will use in vivo multiphoton imaging and activity-dependent reporters to investigate neural ensembles engaged by drug and non-drug motivated behavior.

The successful candidate will have published proficiency in intravital imaging and motivation to develop techniques to image superficial and subcortical structures. Candidates should have strong communication skills, a record of scientific productivity, and a desire to work both independently and as part of a team.

The Neuroscience Research Center is home to over 100 neuroscientists and the Medical College of Wisconsin has numerous core facilities and other resources to promote scientific training and multidisciplinary research.


Essential Duties

  1. Develop and conduct experiments to study neural ensembles in mesocorticolimbic circuitry engaged by self-administration of drugs of abuse and/or non-drug rewards. Develop protocols to enable long-term studies involving repeated in vivo multiphoton imaging.
  2. Perform experiments under the direction of the Principle Investigator, including other studies involving drug and non-drug motivated behaviors.
  3. Develop and conduct laboratory procedures including timely data analysis and archiving of data obtained in one or more areas of laboratory investigation.
  4. Adapt to general laboratory procedures to accomplish specific experimental goals of the laboratory, working closely in team setting with other members of the lab team.
  5. Participate in meetings with PI and other laboratory personnel to discuss and evaluate research being undertaken and in progress.
  6. Perform surgical procedures and behavioral experiments.

Other Duties

Perform other duties as assigned. Some experiments may require work on the weekends, although this is not routine.

Qualifications | Minimum Position Qualifications

Required background: PhD in Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Engineering or other relevant field. Experience with intravital imaging.

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Pharmacology and Toxicology
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8267 | (414) 955-6545 (fax)