The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology offers developing scientists a background in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and physiology so they can conduct creative research on the effects of drugs and other chemicals at the molecular, organismic and behavioral levels.

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, the Life Span Institute and the Higuchi Biosciences Center.

We offer a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program and three Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs, including two distance 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.

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