Welcome to the Pharmacology PhD Program Training Site
The excellence of our Graduate Program in Pharmacology and Systems Biology is best illustrated by the fact that our NIH-sponsored pre-doctoral Training Grant has been continuously funded since 1978, making it one of the longest standing pharmacology
training program of this type.
The philosophy of our graduate program is to emphasize state-of-the-art research approaches at all stages; and we begin with the recruitment phase. We identify candidates with excellent undergraduate academic credentials, with a strong preference
for those who have participated in independent research. If you are a member of that select group and would like us to contact you, please let us know.
During the first year in the program, students must complete three formal laboratory-based research rotations. Each research rotation is intended to examine testable hypotheses, as well as to provide exposure to new laboratory techniques. At the
conclusion of each rotation, a post-rotational seminar is presented to the Department. To enhance research exposure further, the Department offers a special course on Frontiers in Pharmacology to our first-year students.
Students accepted in the PhD program are provided full tuition, health and dental insurance, and a stipend of $31,000 per year for living expenses (for the academic year 2019-2020). Continued support is contingent upon satisfactory academic and research performance by the student. When a student enters a thesis lab, the thesis mentor assumes complete responsibility for the student’s stipend, tuition, fees, and associated research costs.