Graduate Studies

Overview of the graduate program

The Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is a part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences Neuroscience graduate program, which offers formal courses and research training in pharmacology and neuroscience leading to the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) or master of science (M.S.) degrees.

Pharmacology is the study of the interactions of drugs and natural chemicals with biological systems. Thus, pharmacology research includes studies ranging from gene regulation and the molecular biology of nerve cell communication to human toxicology and clinical evaluation of novel gene-specific therapies.

The program provides students with exposure to diverse areas of pharmacology and neuroscience in a stimulating research environment with state-of-the-art techniques and well-supported core facilities, most located in the new Durham Research Center and Durham Research Center II buildings. International research internships in Switzerland, China or with various drug companies in the U.S. are a unique aspect of the program.

Current Graduate Students


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Entry into program

Students can enter the department graduate program directly or through UNMC's Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences or the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree programs. Other special programs and information are available through the Office of Student Services. Students are supported by research fellowships or other stipends throughout their training, allowing them to enjoy "the good life" that Omaha and Nebraska has to offer.

Additional information on the Pharmacology and Neuroscience Graduate Programs:

Training in pharmacology prepares students for research and/or teaching careers not only in the discipline of pharmacology but also in various other basic sciences (physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, and others), depending upon the student's individual research program and interests.

For on-line application go to the Graduate Studies Home Page