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The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology offers two graduate degree programs, one leading to a Ph.D. degree and the other leading to a Master of Science degree. The MS degree is offered online as well as on the Lawrence campus. The goal is to provide developing scientists with a basic knowledge of cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and physiology to enable them to conduct creative research on the effects of drugs and other chemicals at the molecular, organismic, and behavioral levels. Major areas of active research include molecular neuropharmacology, toxicology, behavioral pharmacology, signal transduction, and molecular mechanisms of G-protein regulation of receptor signaling. A close association with the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, the Department of Molecular Bioscience, the Life Span Institute, the Higuchi Biosciences Center and the Department of Chemistry offers superb opportunities for collaborative research in areas of particular interest to individual students.

Graduate Student Handbook 2016


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