Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Course Descriptions


The following is a list of specific Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology descriptions. Please see the First Year Program in Biomedical Sciences for other required courses as well as the other graduate program pages for elective options.


MCP 701 – Seminar

In this class, students acquire skills to (1) make a scientific presentation and (2) learn to understand a scientific presentation. Also, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) discussions are an important component of the class.

MCP 704 – Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Action

This course consists of a combination of lectures, problem sessions and student presentations. Students will be given in-depth exposure to the fundamental principles of Pharmacology. The mechanism of action of some specific drug classes will be examined in detail.

MCP 731 – Special Topics (Elective)

Directed readings on subjects not ordinarily treated in depth in specific courses. Course may also consist of special laboratory problems.

MCP 732 – Cardiovascular Pharmacology

The course covers cardiovascular pharmacology, necessary cardiovascular physiology and anatomy and the function and pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system. The students learn about the function and energetics of the heart and how it is changed in cardiac disease.

MCP 752 – Cell Signaling 1: Fundamental mechanisms of intracellular signal transduction

Most therapeutic drugs exert their action by influencing cellular signal transduction processes. This course provides an in-depth molecular level review of the fundamental signal transduction mechanisms that regulate cell growth, cell proliferation, checkpoint response to cell stressors, cell morphogenesis and differentiation, and their role in the onset of disease.

MCP 753 – Cell Signaling 2: Cell-to-cell communication in norm and disease

This course focuses on receptors and signaling pathways that govern cellular responses to extrinsic signals. It concentrates on specifics of signaling events in biological systems such as CNS, endocrine system, cardiac and hematopoetic stem cells.

MCP 768 – Neuropharmacology

An intensive course covering the regulation of neural processes by drugs that target neurotransmitter signaling at the level of GPCRs, G proteins, second-messengers and ion channels.

MCP 830 – Dissertation Research-Pre-Candidacy

Required for all PhD candidates. The student will enroll for credits as determined by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies but not less than a total of 24. No more than 12 hours of research may be taken in a regular semester, and no more than six in a summer session.

MCP 840 – Doctoral Dissertation-Post Candidacy

Required for all PhD candidates. The student will enroll for credits as determined by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

MCP 850 – Research in Residence

Student must be registered in the semester they plan to defend. Used to establish research in residence for the PhD after the student has been enrolled for the permissible cumulative total in appropriate doctoral research. Credit is not granted. Student may be regarded as full-time residence as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School.