Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacotherapy


The Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacotherapy Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary program that offers both MS and PhD degrees. The goal of this program is to provide students with rigorous education and training in biomedical sciences with a specialty in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacotherapy. Students receive training through original research, formal classroom education, problem-based learning, seminars, and journal clubs. The program includes faculty members engaged in various aspects of basic and clinical research in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacotherapy.

The specific research interests of faculty cover a wide range of topics including, but are not limited to, cancer stem cell biology, drug target identification, natural product discovery, design and synthesis of new drug molecules, mechanistic studies of drug action (pharmacology), drug analysis, drug formulation and drug delivery, drug metabolism, drug resistance, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenomics, etc. The interdisciplinary research also includes investigation of the link between and among different category of human diseases, such as cancer, aging-related disease, HIV, metabolic and ocular diseases. The research projects employ state-of-the-art chemical, biochemical, molecular, cellular, in vivo and clinical techniques that include computer-aided drug design, total synthesis, fermentation, chromatography, mass spectrometry, NMR, molecular cloning, gene targeting, FACS analysis, advanced fluorescence spectroscopy, optical imaging and advanced single cell technology, behavioral testing, cellular reprogramming, nanoparticle characterization, and organoid modeling, etc.

Students admitted into the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) will be given one to two semesters to identify a major professor and a home department through lab rotations. Students may choose a faculty mentor from any department according to their research interests and based on mutual selection between students and faculty advisors. In addition, students will be able to utilize the resources and expertise of faculty members with diverse backgrounds from several departments. During the first year, students will acquire sufficient background in biomedical sciences, including biochemistry, molecular cell biology, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, and specialized courses in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacotherapy. Later, they will be able to select additional elective courses from any department based on their needs and interests. Students will also be mandated to participate in seminars, work-in-progress presentations and group discussions of current research topics, and will be trained in a number of techniques required to address existing research problems in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacotherapy. Both MS and PhD students will conduct original, publishable research and will be expected to present their results at national scientific conferences.

Completion of the MS degree typically requires two to three years; the PhD degree is generally completed in four to five years. PhD students are admitted to candidacy after successful completion of their preliminary oral qualifying examinations and defense of their research proposal. Students who successfully complete a graduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacotherapy will be well prepared for careers in academic and government research laboratories, as well as in the pharmaceutical/ biotechnology industry.

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This page was last modified on October 24, 2017