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Pharmacology, Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutics

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree Programs

Application Deadline for Fall 2020 Admission: January 10, 2020

To learn about the admissions process, please visit the Ph.D. Programs Admissions page.

"What is Pharmacology?" via YouTube (courtesy of ASPET)


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.

Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry

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.

Almost all of our students (international and domestic) are awarded stipends from Research or Teaching Assistantships, and are reimbursed for all tuition and fees. Please see the Financial Aid section for more details.

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Recent PPS News


PPS Chronicle Newsletter 2018

UHCOP Team's Work on Novel Compound Targeting Dual Pathways to Stem Pancreatic Cancer Published in Cancer Research Journal

PhD Candidate Gets 3rd ACCP Travel Award for Project Showing Changes in Drug Metabolism After Weight-Loss Surgery

Tam Receives $3.5M in New NIH Funding for Rapid Diagnostic Antimicrobial System

PhD Student, Postdoc Research in Spotlight at PPS Research Symposium

NIH Awards Lokhandwala $2.64M to Study Angiotensin 1-7 for Reducing Hypertension 

Researcher Das Targets Brain Receptor as Novel Alcoholism Therapeutic

Hussain Earns $1.6 NIH Grant to Study AT2 Receptor to Protect Obese Kidney

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