Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design
The faculty of the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design (PSDD) program design effective new drug therapies while minimizing adverse effects. Research in the program includes a diverse range of therapeutic areas including cancer, cardiovascular, dermatological, immune-mediated, and neurological diseases. Students receive didactic and laboratory training in the design and development of pharmacological compounds including the disciplines of molecular and cellular pharmacology and pharmacodynamics (drug target and biomarker discovery), medicinal chemistry (drug design and synthesis), pharmacokinetics (drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination), pharmaceutics (drug delivery and formulation), toxicology (drug-induced toxicity) and immunotherapeutics. A unique focus of the PSDD program is the intersection of pharmacogenomics and community health.