Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program (PhD, MD/PhD, MS)

Graduate Committee:  Paul Trippier PhD (Chair), Luis Marky, PhD, DJ Murry, PharmD, Don Ronning, PhD, and Ram Mahato, PhD

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program (PSGP) provides graduate instruction and training in drug discovery, drug delivery and targeting, biophysical chemistry, bio-materials nanotechnology, nanomedicine, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics as well as pharmacodynamics.  The program uses the faculty and resources in the College of Pharmacy, Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, College of Dentistry, and the various Departments in the College of Medicine.  After receiving approval from the University of Nebraska’s Board of Regents, in 2004, the College of Pharmacy established a Center for Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine.  This Center was established as a result of the emphasis in the Department on drug delivery and nanomedicine with an important aim to promote multidisciplinary research with scientists on this campus, with other universities and industry.  Researchers in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences have interests in developing new drugs to treat malaria and diseases of the eye as well as delivering and/or targeting small and large molecular weight drugs or genes to treat cancer, ophthalmic, lung, bone, cardiovascular and other diseases.

Students are admitted into the PSGP to obtain either a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree.  Two years is the expected time required to complete the MS degree whereas four to five years are usually required to complete the requirements of the PhD degree.  For each student, a course of study involving formal course work and original laboratory research is developed and approved by their Advisory/Supervisory Committee.  Depending upon a student’s background and area of research interest, core courses are taken in subjects such as, medicinal chemistry, spectroscopy, biophysical chemistry, physical pharmacy, innovative drug delivery, polymer therapeutics, quantitative drug delivery, pharmacokinetics, molecular biology, immunology and statistics.  All students are actively involved in weekly seminars and journal clubs.  Students may also take courses offered at the University of Nebraska Omaha and Lincoln campuses.

The PSGP research facilities are located within the College of Pharmacy and the Durham Research Center.  The Animal Care Facilities are AAALAC accredited.  State-of-the-art equipment necessary for quality biomedical research is available, including various UNMC core facilities.  The McGoogan Regional Medical Library is located on campus as well as computing facilities, biomedical communication, and the Intellectual Property Office.

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program has approximately 56 graduate students.  The University of Nebraska has about 2500 students of whom about 280 are graduate students.

For further information contact either:

Graduate Studies
(402) 559-6531
(800) 626-8431


P.O. Box 9140
Watertown, MA 02471

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