We prepare students to be successful professionals in academia, industry, health care, and private institutions dedicated to the promotion of human health and wellness.
Areas of Emphasis
Our curriculum provides exposure to research in molecular and cellular biochemistry, basic and clinical pharmacology, neuropharmacology, immunology, toxicology, gene therapy, pharmacokinetics, and nutrition and exercise physiology.
Specific Research Areas
Active areas of research by our faculty include:
- cancer immunology and immunotherapy
- signaling mechanisms associated with cancer growth and survival
- targeted and gene therapy of cancer and other diseases
- novel drug development and delivery for cancer and other diseases
- genomic and proteomic approaches to cancer diagnosis and progression
- pain pharmacology
- novel approaches to clinical management of diabetes
- heritable disorders of human metabolism
- exercise and dietary impact on cardiovascular disease
- signaling mechanisms associated with cardiac remodeling
Strengths of Our Program
Our program uses multi-disciplinary and translational research approaches to (1) understand mechanisms of disease, 2) identify novel therapeutic targets,(3) develop and optimize pharmaceutical treatment approaches, and 4) promote the prevention and management of chronic diseases.
Our faculty’s diverse research interests will provide you with a solid foundation in many areas of molecular, cellular, whole animal, human nutrition, exercise physiology and pharmaceutical sciences research, and give you a wide variety of programs from which a dissertation proposal can be developed.
Course requirements are flexible, and can be tailored to individual needs and career goals.
Our program provides cross-disciplinary exposure – basic, translational, clinical, community science – while offering strong individualized support from your research mentor in your chosen area of specialty.
We place emphasis on communication skills and building confidence in scientific outreach.
The program is large enough for you to have peers with whom to interact, but small enough that you are not "lost in a crowd". Individual departments are relatively small and provide a "home base", while the larger integrated program provides diversity in scientific scope.
All of our graduates in the last five years are employed in university settings or drug company research positions.
The wide array of disciplines within the College of Pharmacy Graduate Programs provides an extensive range of career opportunities in pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology companies, hospitals, specialty laboratories, government agencies, and academia.
Graduate Programs Coordinator