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Graduate Committee

Dr. Jered Garrison (Chair & Program Director), Dr. Rongshi Li, Dr. Corey Hopkins, Dr. Aaron Mohs, and Dr. Ram Mahato

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program provides instruction and training in drug discovery, drug delivery and targeting, biophysical chemistry, bio-materials nanotechnology, nanomedicine, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. Students are mentored by members of the faculty in the College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, whose research interests reside in developing new drugs to treat malaria and diseases of the eye as well as delivering and/or targeting small and large molecular weight drugs or genes to treat cancer, ophthalmic, lung, bone, cardiovascular and other diseases.

PhD Curriculum

General Requirements

  • Completion of coursework. 
  • Completion of the comprehensive examination.
  • Completion of a research project consistent with a PhD level of achievement.
  • Completion and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation.
  • Concurrence of the mentor and the student's Supervisory Committee.

Coursework

The Ph.D. curriculum consists of a core of 3+1 required courses and a minimum of 2 elective courses from the list below. The need for any additional courses beyond the six-course curriculum will be determined by the student's Supervisory Committee. In addition to the required courses, all PSGP students are required to register for seminar (PHSC 970) and journal club (PHSC 960) during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Program Requirements for PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Core Curriculum
PHSC 845QUANTITATIVE PHARMACUETICAL ANALYSIS3
PHSC 852PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY FOR DRUG DELIVERY AND NANOMEDICINE3
PHSC 885PHYSICAL PHARMACY3
PHSC 960CURRENT TOPICS IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (each fall and spring semester)1
PHSC 970SEMINAR (each fall and spring semester)1
PHSC 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION1-15
Choose ONE of the following 2 courses:
IPBS 801FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULES3
IPBS 802MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY2
Electives (minimum of 2 courses)
The student's Supervisory Committee will assist in selecting appropriate electives
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)/Ethics Training

MD/PhD Curriculum

General Requirements

  • Completion of coursework. 
  • Completion of the comprehensive examination.
  • Completion of a research project consistent with a PhD level of achievement.
  • Completion and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation.
  • Concurrence of the mentor and the student's Supervisory Committee.

Coursework

MD/PhD students in Pharmaceutical Sciences must complete the following courses. 

Core Curriculum
PHSC 845QUANTITATIVE PHARMACUETICAL ANALYSIS3
PHSC 852PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY FOR DRUG DELIVERY AND NANOMEDICINE3
PHSC 885PHYSICAL PHARMACY3
PHSC 960CURRENT TOPICS IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (every spring and fall semester)1
PHSC 970SEMINAR (every spring and fall semester)1
PHSC 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION1-15
Choose ONE of the following 2 courses
IPBS 801FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULES3
IPBS 802MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY2
Electives (minimum of 2 courses)
The student's Supervisory Committee will assist in selecting appropriate electives
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training