Pharmacology & Toxicology

Man with white lab coat & safety glasses & lab notbookThe Pharmacology and Toxicology research track teaches students to determine mechanisms of action for pharmaceuticals and identify adverse effects of chemicals such as drugs, industrial chemicals and environmental pollutants.

Pharmacology and toxicology are allied scientific disciplines concerned with investigations of physiological and biochemical actions of endogenous compounds and xenobiotics on living tissues. These studies range in scope from investigations at the molecular level to clinical pharmacological and toxicological responses in humans. The ability of pharmacologists to elucidate basic mechanisms of drug action in living cells and biological systems has permitted the development of a rational approach to drug design and use. In addition, pharmacologists and toxicologists study compounds to gain a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms of toxicity.

The director of this track is Catharine Smith.

The degrees offered in this track are the doctor of philosophy (PhD) in pharmacology and toxicology.

The goal of the PhD and MS programs is to train students in state-of-the-art approaches in basic research in pharmacology, toxicology, environmental toxicology, chemical pharmacology, proteomics and closely related sub-disciplines. The programs prepare students for careers in independent research or related careers in academia, industry or government.

Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree in pharmacy, chemistry or the biological sciences or a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree with adequate preparation in mathematics.

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Visit the How To Apply to a Graduate Program page for information on applying for admission to the Pharmacology and Toxicology research track.

Originally posted: August 6, 2014
Last updated: December 15, 2016
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