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Pharmacology is a wide-ranging discipline encompassing chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, physiology and behavior. Faculty members utilize a wide array of techniques to explore cardiovascular function and the nervous system. Faculty research interests include receptor associated proteins, cell signaling via G protein coupled receptors, protein kinases and ion channels and cognitive function in aged primates. Courses of study are designed to meet the needs of individual students. Graduates are employed in academic research and in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
First-year Ph.D. students are admitted via a common admissions process to the biomedical sciences Ph.D. program, not to a specific major. After completing first-year core course work and laboratory rotations, the student chooses a dissertation research mentor and enters one of nine Ph.D. majors based on that faculty member’s program affiliation. In each program, students complete a Ph.D. dissertation based on original research. Each student’s program of study is unique and the time to completion varies. On average, completion of the Ph.D. program requires approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study.
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Biomedical Sciences Admission
Students accepted as full time students into the program may be eligible for a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which provides a competitive stipend ($24,000 for the 2013/2014 academic year) as well as a reduced tuition fee of only $25 per semester. Graduate Research Assistants also receive, at no cost to them, single-person health insurance under the GRU student group policy. Continuation of an assistantship is contingent on the availability of funds and on satisfactory academic progress. Students are responsible for paying standard required student fees each semester.