Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Graduate students in the pharmacology graduate program are trained rigorously in cellular, molecular, and integrative pharmacology to provide a foundation for their dissertation research. During their first year they work in the laboratories of at least three faculty and choose a graduate faculty mentor to train with and complete their research / dissertation.

Students are given an unusually wide range of opportunities for research, including cardiovascular pharmacology; cellular communication and signal transduction; studies in regulation of gene expression; membrane biophysics; muscle excitability and contractility; synapse formation; and neuronal growth and repair.

We have a well-funded faculty with diverse research interests including:

  • Regulation of cardiac growth, differentiation and apoptosis; cellular and genetic mechanisms of heart failure and cardiomyopathies
  • Regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle contraction
  • Cancer and cell growth control; morphogenesis and cytoskeletal dynamics
  • Mechanisms of steroid receptor and G protein-mediated signal transduction; structure/function analysis of membrane receptors
  • Molecular biology of neuronal differentiation, axon growth and synapse formation
  • Genomics, bioinformatics and genetic models of signal transduction
  • Discovery and target identification of natural therapeutics; stem cell therapy for cardiac disease