Courtney Andersen studies the role of estrogen receptor-alpha in ovarian cancer.
Chris Barnes investigates the structural details by which transcription factor activity regulates RNA Polymerase II during the universal process of eukaryotic gene expression.
Soma Jobaggy studies nitrated fatty acid pharmacology and the antioxidant response in hypertensive end-organ damage.
Allison Nagle studies growth factor receptor signaling in breast cancer.
Student Testimonials

“I chose the molecular pharmacology at Pitt because the training faculty in the program are very well funded and highly regarded within the scientific community. Additionally, the program exposes me to many diverse areas of research besides my own, which will be extremely beneficial for me moving forward in my graduate career and beyond as I explore other research interests of mine. I chose Pitt over other schools because the older graduate students and training faculty are very welcoming and extremely open to collaborations and sharing ideas. I think this is the way science progresses and innovative ideas are explored and progress in medicine is made. Additionally, the Mol. Pharm program at Pitt has an average graduation time over a year below the average at other schools I was interviewing at. This was a major draw for me because as a highly motivated and ambitious person, I would like to progress quickly career-wise, and Pitt was the perfect place to allow me to do so while still receiving an outstanding graduate education.”

-Nicholas Todd

 

"I chose the Molecular Pharmacology program at the University of Pittsburgh due to the diverse training opportunities that it provides. From vascular medicine to cancer therapeutics and DNA repair, the wide range of research topics covered will provide me with a strong foundation for my future career. Furthermore, the city of Pittsburgh is a great place to live with a plethora of things to do at an affordable price."

-Thong Loung

“I chose Molecular Pharmacology because of the innovative and diverse research provided by the faculty. I have received incredible mentorship throughout my time in the program. This supportive and engaging research environment has helped me become a better scientist.”

-Song-My Hoang


“I chose the University of Pittsburgh because of its excellent facilities and top researchers in the Pulmonary and Cardiovascular research fields. I found the professors in the Molecular Pharmacology training program to have the most rigorous mindset, and would provide the best environment for ambitious scientists to develop finely tuned critical thinking skills for a scientific career.”

-Joseph Galley

“I chose the molecular pharmacology graduate training program because I am fascinated by alcoholism and its mechanism of action, specifically in the brain. I chose the University of Pittsburgh to train at because it has a highly ranked molecular pharmacology program, provides solid deadlines to help keep students on track, has an extensive faculty network, and has a broad range of research laboratories to consider. I also enjoy the collaborative atmosphere that the faculty and students share here at U Pitt, as opposed to a competitive one that many other programs have.”

-Sonja Plasil

"The MP program at the University of Pittsburgh can only be described as a graduate program that serves its students. It has provided me with incredible opportunities for scientific growth and exploration as well as providing support during the challenges that are inherent to graduate school itself. This program seeks to not only make you a scientist with a deep understanding of Pharmacology but it also pushes you to develop as a researcher that can think independently and creatively. This is fostered by the collaborative environment of the department as well as the feedback students receive during classes, journal clubs and seminars. The program also takes its students’ feedback seriously, and in my time in the program I have seen big changes being brought about solely based on student feedback. In short, this program stops at nothing to insure the success of its graduate students"

- Hilary Stevenson

"The Molecular Pharmacology program provides everything a student needs to succeed; mentorship, diverse research support, technology, and an appetite for mechanistic science. You will find that with ambition, nearly all good ideas have traction in this community. I strongly recommend this program for its ability to not only foster creative thinking, but to execute it through collaborative science."

- Bart Roland

"The Pharmacology department is really cohesive. I am continually impressed by my peers and how willingly they offer insightful advice on experimental and professional development."

- Nyla Naim
 

STUDENT NEWS


UPCOMING EVENTS
1/10/2019 12:00 PM Pharmacology & Chemical Biology Seminar Series
Mitchell Lazar, M.D., Ph.D.


1/17/2019 12:00 PM Pharmacology & Chemical Biology Seminar Series
Mark Jay Shlomchik, MD, PhD


1/19/2019 12:00 PM Pharmacology & Chemical Biology Seminar Series
Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD


Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Event Calendar

Program Achievements

Molecular Pharmacology Graduate Program Ranked #2 in National Research Council Rankings

Outcomes:  Time to disseration, last five graduating clasess:  4.5 years, Completion Rate: 84.8%

Ranked #12 in National of Institute of Health funding of departments of Pharmacology

Ranked in the top 15 in funding for twenty two consecutive years




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