What Makes Us Different from other Programs?

Pharmacology is the classic discipline for studying cellular signaling. Biochemistry, on the other hand, emphasizes traditionally the molecular characterization of cell components and their metabolism. No other biomedical discipline but pharmacology comprises a comparable variety of conceptual and technical approaches toward an understanding of molecular and physiological processes. Modern molecular biology, protein biochemistry, immunology, cell biology, genetics, electrophysiology, and morphology are well represented in the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology program. Students will be instructed thoroughly in these fields as well as in the unique principles of pharmacology.

One major objective of the program is to teach the students a fundamental understanding of the molecular basis of signal transducing systems and their regulation.

Our program brings together an outstanding group of dedicated trainers with a focus on cellular signal transduction. Graduates of the program will be well prepared for a career in basic biomedical sciences. We provide a unique training experience for young scientists who want to elucidate basic principles of cellular signal pathways. Detailed knowledge of these pathways is the most important prerequisite for the discovery of new drugs and the treatment of diseases.

Student Outcomes

As a National Institutes of Health training grant funded PhD program, we are proud to detail the outcomes of our trainees:

Average time to Degree: 5.5 years
Average number of publications:  3.6
10 Year PhD Graduation rate: 74% (the majority of those who have been unable to complete their PhD due to various circumstances were awarded Masters degrees)

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Numerous academic, governmental, and industrial employment opportunities await graduates of the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology program. Pharmacology as a discipline has strong representation at most medical schools, and many academic positions are available for pharmacologists who wish to teach and/or engage in basic research. Pharmaceutical companies focus on the discovery and development of novel therapeutic drugs, often employing modern biotechnological strategies. They have great demands for highly qualified pharmacologists in leading positions. Governmental offices, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), require well-trained pharmacologists with significant responsibilities to oversee the therapeutic effects as well as the pharmacological safety of newly developed drugs. The Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology is designed to provide the theoretical and practical training to compete successfully for employment in the academic as well as the private sector.

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