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Pharmacology, Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutics

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree Programs

The application for Fall 2018 admission to all PhD programs is now closed. In August, our application for Fall 2019 will become available and the deadline will be January 10, 2019. Go to Admissions page.

"What is Pharmacology?" via YouTube (courtesy of ASPET)



Pharmaceutics is a multidisciplinary science that focuses on the study of the physical, chemical and biological properties of drugs and dosage forms. Cutting across the traditional disciplinary boundaries, pharmaceutics examines the relationship of drug properties to dosage form design, fabrication, evaluation and therapeutic efficacy. Students in the Pharmaceutics program may develop research programs in the areas of drug delivery systems, drug stability, dosage forms and pharmacokinetics.



Pharmacology is the study of the mechanisms of action of drugs and their effects on normal and disease states. It is a science based upon integrating chemistry, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and physiology. Students in the Pharmacology program may develop research projects in the areas of renal physiology, autonomic and central nervous systems, cardiovascular pharmacology, signal transduction, cellular physiology of exercise and aging, or protein biochemistry.

Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry

Students may also study for a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry in the areas of (1) virtual drug screening and design; (2) high throughput screening and drug syntheses; (3) characterization of drug targets and developing of novel therapeutic interventions; or (4) therapeutic natural product screening and identification.

Almost all of our students (international and domestic) are awarded stipends from Research or Teaching Assistantships, and are reimbursed for all tuition and fees. Please see the Financial Aid section for more details.

Program Information

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Recent Student Publications & Presentations

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Recent PPS News

Cuny Awarded $3.8M NIH Grant to Develop Novel Drugs Against Infectious Waterborne Parasite

Pharmaceutics Ph.D. Candidates Earn ACCP Student Research Awards

4 Faculty Researchers Join Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences Department

Postdoc Earns AHA Kidney Council New Investigator Travel Award to Present at Hypertension 2016

Family of Alumna, NASA Pharmacologist Lakshmi Putcha Creates Endowment in Pharmaceutics

Pharmacokinetics Symposium Sept. 23 to Honor Late UH Alumna, NASA Pharmacologist Lakshmi Putcha

Hussain Receives New $1.7M NIH Funding for Obesity-associated Hypertension Research

Graduate Students Land Internships in Pharmaceutical, Consulting Sectors

Faculty, Student Startup Among 'Most Promising Life Science Companies'

College Hosts 43rd Annual MALTO Medicinal Chemistry-Pharmacognosy Meeting

College Honors its Own for Teaching, Research and Service Excellence

College Hosts 43rd Annual MALTO Medicinal Chemistry-Pharmacognosy Meeting

UH Hails McConnell, Wanat for Undergraduate Research Mentoring and Teaching

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