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The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has developed a well-rounded research and teaching program in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology. As a graduate student in the Department you will have the opportunity to develop and carry out your own research project while receiving individual mentorship from your thesis adviser and committee, publish research with top-level scientists, receive comprehensive instruction covering many areas in pharmacology, participate in frequent journal clubs and seminars, get involved in teaching pharmacology, learn to write grant proposals, attend and present work at local and national scientific meetings, interact with students and faculty of other departments and schools. The Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology Department supports research facilities devoted to a wide-range of molecular, physiological, genetic, anatomical, and behavioral techniques.

Areas of Research Strength

Drug addiction Parkinson’s disease Schizophrenia
Neurodegeneration Neurobiology of normal and aberrant learning Neurobiology of emotion and behavior
Neuronal plasticity Synaptic integration Ion channel function
Basal ganglia anatomy, physiology, & function Gene expression Regulation of alternative splicing
Neuronal morphology and ultrastructure Actin cytoskeleton regulation