Programs of advanced study and laboratory research in the disciplines of pharmacology and toxicology, leading to the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees, are intended to prepare qualified students for professional careers as pharmacologists or toxicologists in academia, private industry, or public service. At the completion of the MS or PhD in pharmacology and toxicology, every student will be able to carry out the following:
- Conduct experiments using standard written laboratory protocols.
- Analyze and interpret data from experiments and publications.
- Design experiments to investigate a question.
- Present laboratory findings orally as in seminar format and in writing as in a manuscript for publication.
- As applicable, defend a thesis or dissertation in a public forum.
Graduate coursework emphasizes integration of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, statistics, and experimental design. Theory and methodologic aspects are considered within the context of current research literature in these fields. At least 20 didactic credits of graduate coursework (700 and 800 level) are required for either degree. Students propose, develop, and perform an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty Advisory Committee and defend their master’s or doctoral thesis before an examination committee of graduate faculty and other expert scientists. Predoctoral students must pass written and oral comprehensive qualifying exams. Publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals is expected. Current research interests of the pharmacology and toxicology faculty encompass cancer pharmacology, metabolism and cellular mechanisms of toxicity of drugs and xenobiotics, cancer cell motility and signaling, and cardiovascular pharmacology and neuropharmacology.