The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics is comprised of two divisions:
The Division of Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics (PTT) 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. Active M.S. and Ph.D. program parallels the research within the division in these same areas with particular specialization in formulation and pre-formulation sciences, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, novel drug delivery systems, and tissue engineering. Multidisciplinary program opportunities also exists with faculty in chemistry, engineering, and dentistry among other colleges.
The Division of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry (MNPC) 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. Graduate study in MNPC provides coursework in areas related to the understanding of the chemistry of drugs and their action on human systems. Principles of drug discovery and drug design, natural product chemistry, drug metabolism, pharmacological basis of drug action, and biotechnology/genomic strategies for producing new drug molecules are also presented with numerous opportunities for interface with scientists in medicine, pharmacology, biochemistry, chemistry, and pharmaceutics.