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Graduate work in the Pharmacology Concentration Area includes research at the molecular and cellular level in pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, drug interactions, drug residues and metabolites, anesthetics and autonomic drugs, pulmonary biology, oncology, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, reproductive endocrinology, and lipid-, peptide-, and oxygen-derived mediators of inflammation. Research approaches employ a wide variety of molecular, biochemical, pharmacological, and microscopic techniques, utilizing cell culture and whole organisms. Students selecting Pharmacology will focus on one or more of these areas.

A highly individualized curriculum of study is designed to meet the needs and interests of the student while satisfying selected requirements by the faculty. These include courses in introductory pharmacology and toxicology, advanced pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, statistics, and participation in a seminar series in pharmacology. Additional courses may be chosen by the student and his/her advisor from a large number of college and university offerings.

Courses Required for the Pharmacology Concentration

BCH 553 Biochemistry of Gene Expression; Fall, Spring, & Summer (3 credits)

TOX 701 Fundamentals of Toxicology; Fall (3 credits)

TOX 710 Molecular and Biochemical Toxicology; Spring (3 credits)

CBS 762 Principles in Pharmacology; Spring (3 credits)

CBS 787 Pharmacokinetics; Fall alternate years (3 credits)

CBS 810 Seminar in Pharmacology (1 credit; minimum 3 credits total)

CBS 860 Techniques in Pharmacological Research; Fall (2 credits)

Elective Courses

Elective courses are selected by the student and mentor, and must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. Possible elective course include, but are not limited to, the following:

PB 495/595-011, ECE 492-030/592-038, & CBS 595-011 Systems Biology Modeling of Multicellular Organisms; Fall (3 credits)

ST 512 Experimental Statistics For Biological Sciences II; Fall/Spring/Summer (3 credits)

Name Email Concentration Research Emphasis
Belinda Akpa Pharmacology Mathematical models to connect molecular events to dynamic physiological outcomes
Ronald Baynes Pharmacology Concentration Leader Physiochemical and chemical-biological interactions in epidermal corneocytes and intercellular lipids in the epidermis that can influence dermal absorption of complex mixtures
Ke Cheng Cell Biology, Pharmacology Regenerative medicine using patient-derived stem cells, biomaterials, micro-RNAs and bioengineering approaches
David Doorman Pharmacology Toxicology, cognition and olfaction, and human risk assessments
Derek Foster Pharmacology Antimicrobial resistance, food animal pharmacology, gastrointestinal physiology
Brian Gilger Pharmacology Ophthalmology
Duncan Lascelles Cell Biology, Phamacology Developing algometry methods in spontaneous disease animal models and probing tissues from animals with spontaneous disease to understand the neurobiology of that pain
Steven Marks Pharmacology
Chris McGahan Cell Biology, Phamacology Regulation of Fe metabolism in the eye, the involvement of Fe in cataract formation, mechanisms underlying post-surgical regrowth of lens tissue, uveitis, retinal physiology & pathology
Kristen Messenger Pharmacology
Mark Papich Pharmacology Disposition of antibiotics, antifungal drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs, gastrointestinal drugs, and analgesic drugs in a variety of animal species
Geof Smith Pharmacology Pathophysiology and treatment of diseases affecting calves, ruminant pharmacology, food safety and prevention of drug residues
Micheal Stoskopf Pharmacology, Population Medicine Environmental medicine applied to wildlife, health risk assessment, lipid biochemistry, paleoecology