Pharmacology Graduate Group

Interested in how drugs work and how genes modify their action? Want to contribute to drug design and translation to medical practice?  Want to help design and test new, safer, and more effective small molecules, imaging agents, genetic materials, proteins, and other highly specific bioactive molecules? Intrigued by the intricacy of cellular responses to these agents and the signal transduction pathways involved in their action?  Serious about putting your talent and effort into development of better treatments for cancer, stroke, diabetes, malaria, Parkinson's, and other daunting diseases and health problems? Dream of making a difference in fighting these maladies and improving human health?

If your answer is "Yes!", you may be interested in graduate school in Pharmacology, the discipline that studies all aspects of therapeutic agents.  These aspects include drug design, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and toxicology, and they are studied at multiple levels, from molecules and cells to laboratory animals and human patients. You may want to delve into "Translational Therapeutics" and "Chemical-Biology."  (They sound enigmatic, but interesting, don’t they?).

Explore the Pharmacology Graduate Group (PGG) of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the most advanced programs for graduate study in Pharmacology anywhere in the world. The PGG offers a rigorous and diverse curriculum of studies ranging from classical pharmacology, to toxicology and, signal transduction, neuropharmacology, and cancer and cardiovascular therapeutics. The PGG prepares Ph.D. scientists for academic research institutions, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and for governmental agencies including the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control.  More than 85 faculty members from 20-plus academic departments in Schools of Medicine, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, and the Children Hospital of Philadelphia offer an immense variety of themes and experimental approaches to pursue thesis projects.

Welcome to the PGG. Navigate through our website, and contact us with your questions and comments. Maybe this is right time for you to think of applying to this exciting program, an academic home to more than 80 current graduate students!