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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

PhD Program in Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology

Course Descriptions

Molecular and Cellular Biology (GNTD7001)

A lecture-based course that represents the first course in the core curriculum series that is designed for all first-year graduate students in the College of Medicine. Topics include DNA replication, recombination and repair; cell cycle regulation; transcriptional regulation, translational regulation; protein trafficking; etc.

Biochemistry and Cell Signaling (GNTD7002)

A lecture-based course in the core curriculum series that is designed for all first-year graduate students in the College of Medicine. Topics include protein structure and function, metabolism, signal transduction pathways including proliferative and cell death pathways.

Ethics in Research (GNTD7003)

This course introduces students to ethical theories generally and the ethical and regulatory issues they are likely to encounter as researchers. Student will learn to identify issues, analyze ethical issues in research and to develop coherent justifications for their ethical and responsible conduct of research.

Laboratory Rotation (MCBP8001)

First-year students will work in a research laboratory to familiarize themselves with research activities of a specific faculty member.  A series of laboratory rotations will be used to explore laboratory choices being considered for the dissertation research projects and to build laboratory skills as well as specialized techniques.

Seminar (MCBP8005)

A faculty-guided seminar-style class which includes seminar presentation, group discussion and written critiques of presentations. Graduate students in Pharmacology participate in seminar each term until graduation.

Integrative Molecular Pharmacology and Medicine (MCBP8023)

The course uses cardiac and skeletal muscle as model systems and introduces students to integrated concepts of cellular and molecular organization, cell signaling networks, structure and function, molecular mechanisms, and their applications in contemporary therapeutics.

Systems Pharmacology (MCBP8027)

The course will provide students with a solid foundation in pharmacology, drug classes, exemplars, mechanics of action and organ system applications.

Pharmacological Principles and Receptors (MCBP8031)

Fundamentals of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination, as well as theories underlying and applications of dose-response curves and radioligand binding experiments are covered.

Statistics and Experimental Design for the Biomedical Sciences (MCP8050C)

A practical course designed to provide students with a solid foundation and intuitive understanding of statistics for the biomedical sciences. Statistics and Experimental Design for the Biomedical Sciences emphasizes experimental design, parametric and nonparametric statistics used in making between-group inferences, linear and nonlinear regression used in modeling physiological phenomena, effective data presentation, and graphic integrity. This 3-credit-hour course comprises both lectures and workshops.

Dissertation Research (MCBP9071)

Full-time research under the supervision of a selected research mentor leading to the ultimate goal of generating a doctoral thesis. 

Electives

Elective courses are offered in our department and other departments across the College of Medicine and may be used to supplement any deficiencies in the student’s academic preparation as well as strengthen the student’s ability to conduct doctoral dissertation research.