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Academic Programs

The Pharmacology Graduate Training Program is ideally suited for students with an innate curiosity of the dynamics of cellular signaling as it relates to physiology, disease, therapeutic targeting and biomarker identification. Many of our faculty seek to integrate the discovery of biological mechanisms with the development or application of therapeutics to improve pathological conditions. The discipline of Pharmacology remains a timely career track, given the ubiquitous use of drugs to manage a wide variety of diseases. Our Pharmacology students obtain multidisciplinary training and are exposed to clinically relevant topics, such as the challenges associated with drug development. Therefore, our students are ideally positioned to transition to diverse careers in the biomedical sciences including academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and governmental agencies.

We are deeply committed to graduate training and to ensuring that our trainees develop the requisite skills to foster success in their chosen career path. We realize that with the advent of an increasingly competitive job market, students may wish to explore a variety of career options. Research in Pharmacology is well suited to cater to this diversity. We have current and former students who have been successful in obtaining coveted graduate fellowships, in transitioning to a clinical chemistry program towards the goal of directing a clinical chemistry laboratory, in accepting positions in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and we have had students choose careers in teaching. For students interested in acquiring teaching experience, we offer generous opportunities for trainees to participate in graduate lectures. As a further testament to the strength of our graduate program, a number of our students have succeeded in winning competitive awards to attend scientific conferences, as well as winning oral or poster awards at the institutional Perry Halushka Research Day.

Please contact our faculty to learn more about their specific research interests. For more information about our Ph.D. or MBS programs, please click on the relevant link below. You may also contact Dr. John P. O'Bryan, Director of the Pharmacology Graduate Training Program, at obryanjo@musc.edu or 843-792-8393.