Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

MOLECULAR AND BIOMEDICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Graduate study in Pharmacology is designed to prepare candidates for research careers in academics, industry or government laboratories and agencies. The Ph.D. program in Pharmacology trains students in the fundamental principles of basic molecular and biochemical science, while also providing training in the principles of drug-receptor interactions, of experimental therapeutics and of drug discovery. Modern pharmacology also emphasizes new directions in gene therapy and pharmacogenetics. Students learn the conceptual and technical basis of research while performing mentored and, subsequently, independent research projects in laboratories equipped with state of the art technology and instrumentation.

Students will have the opportunity to join nationally recognized faculty research programs across a spectrum of topics including Neurobiology of Aging and Alzheimer's Disease, Brain Mechanisms of Memory, Receptor/Signaling Pathways in Cardiovascular Function and Disease, Actions of Hormones in Health and Disease, Molecular Biology of Growth and Carcinogenesis, and Environmental Toxicity,  among others. Currently, the Department ranks 10th in NIH grant funds among all U.S. public medical school pharmacology departments.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program is competitive and is based upon academic background, professional recommendations, performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), experience, and when possible, personal interviews. It is recommended that students have completed undergraduate courses in organic chemistry, calculus, physics, and biological sciences. The program of study is tailored to the individual background and career goals of the student and can often include interdepartmental study and research. Students are expected to participate in graduate seminars, journal clubs, research seminars; to interact with visiting scholars; and to present the results of their research at local and national meetings. Financial aid is available for qualified students.

Admission to the Ph.D. program in Pharmacology is through the Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBS) Curriculum. Information about the admissions process is available at <www.mc.uky.edu/ibs>.For information about the Ph.D. program in Pharmacology, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology, University of Kentucky College of MEdicine, Lexington, KY 40536-0298. Information may also be obtained from the department Web site: <www.mc.uky.edu/pharmacology/>.

GRADUATE COURSES

PHA 522 SYSTEMS PHARMACOLOGY (3)

PHA 605 PRINCIPLES OF NEUROBIOLOGY (SAME AS NEU/PGY/BCH/ANA 605) (4)

PHA 606 MECHANISMS OF NEUROLOGIC DISEASE (SAME AS ANA/NEU 606) (4)

PHA 612 QUANTITATIVE PHARMACODYNAMICS: PHARMACOKINETICS (SAME AS PHR 612) (3)

PHA 616 BIOLOGY AND THERAPY OF CANCER (SAME AS MI/MED616) (3)

PHA 617 PHYSIOLOGICAL GENOMICS (2)

PHA 621 ADVANCED PHARMACODYNAMICS (3)

PHA 630 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHARMACOLOGY (1-3)

PHA 634 ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR PHARMACOLOGY (2)

PHA 649 ADVANCED MOLECULAR PHARMACOLOGY (SAME AS PHR/TOX 649) (2)

PHA 658 ADVANCED NEUROPHARMACOLOGY (2)

PHA 670 CHEMICAL CARCINOGENESIS (SAME AS TOX 670) (3)

PHA 710 AGING OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM (SAME AS GRN/PGY/ANA 710) (3)

PHA 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

PHA 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

PHA 750 RESEARCH IN PHARMACOLOGY (1-5)

PHA 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

PHA 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)

PHA 770 SEMINAR IN PHARMACOLOGY (1)

PHA 779 MEMBRANE SCIENCES COLLOQUIUM (SAME AS CHE/CME/PHR/BCH 779) (1)

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