Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Pharmacology is the science that deals with the origin, nature, chemistry, effects, and uses of drugs; it includes pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics, and toxicology. Pharmacology addresses the study of drugs in all aspects: their properties and reactions with relation to therapeutic value, as well as the discovery, biological/physiological effects other than therapeutic effects (adverse reactions and side effects), and uses. This science also addresses the body’s effects on drugs, including absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs.

About the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

The Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics seeks to integrate both basic and applied research in the pharmaceutical sciences into the academic programs in order to provide students with the information they need to be successful in the challenging fields of pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry.

The Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics contributes to the training of students in the Doctor of Pharmacy and B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences programs, with extensive training offered to students in the Pharmacology/Toxicology major of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program. The department also offers a master's in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Pharmacology/Toxicology, a B.S./M.S dual degree in Pharmacology/Toxicology, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Therapeutics.

Departmental courses cover a broad range of disciplines, including a series of pharmacology, toxicology, and pharmacokinetics/toxicokinetics courses and many other courses in experimental therapeutics at the graduate level. The department’s faculty members have research interests in neuro- and molecular pharmacology, drug metabolism, polycystic kidney disease, zebrafish as a model for drug testing, and toxicology.

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Dr. Frederick Williams

Dr. Frederick Williams

Department Chair


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Last Updated: 8/10/22