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Department of Pharmacology

The Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is dedicated to training researchers of the highest caliber. Taught by leading innovators in the field of pharmacology, our students receive a strong foundation in the basic sciences, but at the same time are encouraged to find unique ways of using that science to foster new discoveries.

Our department educates both medical and graduate students in the principles underlying the distribution, metabolism, mechanism of action and toxicity of therapeutic agents or substances. The fundamental principles of basic and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics are conveyed through an interdisciplinary teaching effort that brings together faculty from this department and other basic science and clinical departments.

The faculty of the Department of Pharmacology  provide substantial leadership and participation in the Pathophysiology and Therapeutics course given during the second year of the medical curriculum. When needed, the department also lends its teaching expertise to other courses of the medical curriculum, such as Host Defenses and Infectious Diseases.

At the graduate level, the department's interests are best reflected in the Molecular Toxicology and Pharmacology track of the Molecular Medicine Graduate Program, although departmental faculty and their students are affiliated with other tracks and programs as well. Within the department there are several defined areas of study from which to choose, including neuropharmacology, oncopharmacology and mechanistic toxicology. All incorporate training in modern techniques of pharmacology, with variable training in new drug development vs. better understanding of the actions of existing drugs and toxins.

Please explore our site for more information on our research tracks, research methods, courses, faculty and successful graduates. Feel free to contact us at the link above with any questions you might have. For questions about admission to the School of Medicine, please visit the Office of Admissions.