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