Pharmacology and Toxicology

The pharmacology and toxicology disciplines explore the mechanisms underlying the action of drugs, chemicals, and environmental toxicants. The study of both pharmacology and toxicology integrates the principles and skills of biology and chemistry in an effort to understand the molecular, cellular and organismal effects of chemicals on biological systems.

Pharmacology is the study of biological effects of drugs. Pharmacologists pursue the discovery of therapeutic agents to treat cancer, heart disease, AIDS, mental disorders and other illnesses; identify the cellular mechanisms by which existing drugs work; and investigate the biologic basis of diseases.

Toxicology is the study of the harmful effects of chemical agents found in our environment. Toxicologists examine health risks from environmental agents; chemical involvement with chronic diseases such as cancer, pulmonary disease, immune deficiency; and the safety of new drugs and industrial chemicals as alternatives to existing agents.

Faculty with research foci in this discipline include:

Brian Aneskievich,
David Grant,
James Halpert,
José Manautou,
Theodore Rasmussen,
Gregory Sartor,
Xiaobo Zhong

Emeritus Faculty: John Morris, Gerald Gianutsos, Urs A. Boelsterli

For general questions on the Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate program, contact division coordinator Xiaobo Zhong.