The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology 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.
Our graduate degree program includes such dynamically changing disciplines such as neuropharmacology and molecular pharmacology. This program receives many students from the Interdisciplinary Program of Neuroscience and Biomedical Science.
Requirements and Guidelines for PhD Program (PDF)
Current Graduate Students in Pharmacology and Toxicology Program
Doctor of Philosophy; Master of Science (special arrangement only). Students enter primarily through the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Science and the Interdisciplinary Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology as well as Neuroscience. These programs expose students to a variety of perspectives in biomedical research and allow exploration of multiple fields within the biomedical sciences before choosing a specific program for their dissertation.
Current Research Emphasis
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.
Departmental and Research Facilities
The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology contains the necessary equipment for studying the cellular, molecular and systemic mechanisms of action of drugs and toxins. These resources include cell culture facilities, liquid and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry share core laboratory, fluorescence confocal and imaging microscopes, ultra and preparative centrifuge facility, analytical laboratories containing capillary electrophoresis equipment, HPLC's, FPLC's, spectrophotometers, fluorometers and radioactivity counters, dark room and electrophysiology laboratories.