Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics
Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in Pharmacology, Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutics
Note to Applicants: The application deadline for Fall 2014 semester admission is January 31, 2014.
Pharmaceutics is a multidisciplinary science that focuses on the study of the physical, chemical and biological properties of drugs and dosage forms. Cutting across the traditional disciplinary boundaries, pharmaceutics examines the relationship of drug properties to dosage form design, fabrication, evaluation and therapeutic efficacy. Students in the Pharmaceutics program may develop research programs in the areas of drug delivery systems, drug stability, dosage forms and pharmacokinetics.
Pharmacology is the study of the mechanisms of action of drugs and their effects on normal and disease states. It is a science based upon integrating chemistry, biochemistry,
cell and molecular biology and physiology. Students in the Pharmacology program may develop research projects in
the areas of renal physiology, autonomic and central nervous systems, cardiovascular pharmacology, signal transduction, cellular physiology of exercise and aging, or protein biochemistry.
Students may also study for a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry in the areas of (1) virtual drug screening and design; (2) high throughput screening and drug syntheses; (3) characterization of drug targets and developing of novel therapeutic interventions; or (4) therapeutic natural product screening and identification.
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