The department offers a PhD degree in pharmacology and toxicology that allows students to develop individually tailored programs of study and to pursue research in drug discovery, pharmacology, cancer biology, neurobiology, immunology, microbiology and toxicology. The department also offers a Master of Science degree, to which interested students are admitted on a limited basis.
The pharmacology and toxicology doctoral programs at IU School of Medicine develop independent investigators in pharmacology and toxicology. Using molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry and physiology techniques, students are required by the graduate faculty to demonstrate proficiency in both conceptual and technical facets of modern biomedical research and to perform meritorious original research on a significant problem in pharmacology and toxicology.
The study of pharmacology and toxicology requires a diverse background in biological sciences, including biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular biology, physiology, genetics and neuroscience. This enables medical scientists to integrate the knowledge of biological systems with the effects of pharmacological agents.