Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics (PSET)

The PSET faculty is a dynamic group of researchers and educators committed to advancing health care through biomedical research, graduate education and the education of pharmacists. Our faculty has a passion for fundamental and translational research in drug discovery, drug development and biomedical science. Our excellence in research and scholarship provides a new generation of pharmacy professionals an education based on the latest advances in science and pharmaceutical therapies. The PSET faculty is dedicated to educating the next generation of outstanding pharmaceutical scientists through graduate education and post-doctoral training. Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills for a career dedicated to advancing biomedical and pharmaceutical science, and to developing and applying new technologies that will shape the future of pharmacotherapy.
Robert J Kerns, Department Chair

About PSET

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics houses two divisions:

The Division of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry (MNPC)

The MNPC Division offers research programs in drug metabolism, biocatalysis, pharmaceutical toxicology, organic synthesis, drug design, biopolymeric drugs, biotechnology and structural biology, computer aided drug discovery, structure-activity relationships, bioanalytical chemistry, and molecular pharmacology.

It contains one Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program:

PhD in Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry


The Division of Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics (PTT)

The PTT Division focuses on physical pharmacy, dosage form development and performance, and industrial/manufacturing pharmacy, as well as the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs and biological molecules.

It contains two PhD degree programs:

PhD in Pharmaceutics ("PCEUT")

PhD in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences ("CPS")