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Ph.D. Program

Ph.D. Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of the College of Graduate Studies First-Year Common Curriculum.
  • Completion of laboratory rotations during the first year and selection of a major advisor and department/program of study.
  • Successful completion of Pharmacology course work beyond the First-Year Common Curriculum. Courses are updated yearly. Students should also enroll in PCOL 744, Pharmacology Journal Club.
  • Statistics requirement: The College of Graduate Studies requires that students demonstrate a predetermined level of statistical competence. This may be achieved by completing MCR 700 in the second or subsequent years of graduate study, or by providing transcript evidence of satisfactory completion of previously-taken statistical course(s) that fulfill the College requirement.
  • Students are required to maintain a 3.0 or better GPA.
  • Attendance at all Cell and Molecular Pharmacology student and postdoctoral seminars. The department holds an informal student and postdoc run research in progress group. All trainees are required to present a seminar in this series at least once per year.
  • Attendance at Cell and Molecular Pharmacology hosted MCBP seminars during the academic year (Thursdays at noon).
  • Successful completion of the Qualifying Examination at the end of 2nd year.
  • Successful completion of the Proposal to Candidacy requirement by the end of the 3rd year.
  • Publication as first author of at least one original research article in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • 15 credit hours of laboratory research in each semester in the year and beyond (PCOL 970).
  • Successful completion of dissertation proposal and its defense (PCOL 980).

To Apply (Admissions are Handled Centrally by the Office of Enrollment)

Online Application

Please select “Pharmacology” if you are interested in our Program of Study.

For all inquiries about the Cell and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Ph.D. program, please contact Dr. John P. O'Bryan, Director of the Pharmacology Graduate Training Program, at or 843-792-8393.


College of Graduate Studies Ph.D. Handbook

Student Forms and Guidelines

Current Students

Alyson Black
Mehta Lab
Graduated from Lynchburg College with a BS in Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences (2016)
Mentor - Anand Mehta, DPhil

Ben Harlan
Vargas Lab
Graduated from Wofford College with a BS in Chemistry (2005)
Mentor - Marcelo Vargas, Ph.D.

Kelby Killoy
Vargas Lab
Graduated from University of South Carolina with a BS in Chemistry (2014)
Mentor - Marcelo Vargas, Ph.D.

Liping Liu
Pehar Lab
Mentor – Mariana Pehar, Ph.D.

Danielle Scott
Drake Lab
Graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a BS in Biochemistry
Mentor - Richard Drake, Ph.D.

Ravyn Thompson
Dolloff Lab
Graduated from Maryville College with a BA in Biochemistry (2015)
Mentor - Nathan Dolloff, Ph.D.

Connor West
Drake Lab
Graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in Marine Science and Chemistry (2016)
Mentor - Richard Drake, Ph.D.

Carly Williams
Yeh Lab
Graduated from Georgia College and State University with a BS in Biology, pre-med concentration (2012)
Graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina with an MA in Biology (2014)
Mentor - Elizabeth Yeh, Ph.D.

Joelle Zambrano
Yeh Lab
Graduated from High Point University with a BS in Biochemistry
Mentor - Elizabeth Yeh, Ph.D.