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About KU Pharmacology & Toxicology

Research in the department focuses on neuropharmacology, areas such as Alzheimer's disease, mood disorders, substance abuse disorder, and the effects of diabetes on the nervous system using cutting edge approaches such as multi-photon microscopy, bioinformatics, SAR-Seq and ATAC-Seq.

Mentorship and Collaboration

Students are paired with a faculty mentor/advisor and study alongside them throughout their time in the program. Students also have opportunities for collaborative research with the departments of chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, molecular bioscience, and the Life Span Institute.


We offer a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program in pharmacology and toxicology, a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and three Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs, including two online master's degree options.


The department has research strengths in neuropharmacology, especially in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease, mood disorders, stroke, and control of energy, metabolism and the effects of diabetes on the nervous system. Explore our lab pages to learn more about the wide variety of research taking place here at KU Pharmacology & Toxicology.