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About the Program

Candidates interested in pursuing a PhD degree in Pharmacology, or a related discipline, are invited to visit the website for the Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences, which serves as an entry portal for the Graduate Programs in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Physiology and Integrative Biology and Cell and Developmental Biology.

Pharmacology is a science that seeks to improve human health with drugs. Pharmacologists use the tools of molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, physiology, chemistry and biochemistry to define biological pathways that can be manipulated. In the Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, the interests of our faculty are as diverse as the field itself (Faculty List).

The Pharmacology Graduate Program offers a path of study leading to the PhD degree. The primary focus for each student is the development of an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Our professors hold appointments at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Rutgers University and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

The program of independent research is supplemented by core courses that cover the breadth of modern biological sciences. Course selection can be tailored to each student’s research interests, including the option of a specialized concentration in cancer biology in conjunction with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

Entrance to the Pharmacology Graduate Program is handled by an umbrella program known as the “Joint Programs in Molecular Biosciences”, which is sponsored by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at RWJMS and the Graduate School New Brunswick. The Molecular Biosciences Office manages admissions, housing, laboratory rotations and the first year core curriculum.

Students are supported financially with stipends from the Molecular Biosciences Program in the early years and then by research grants from the faculty mentor in subsequent years.

Please navigate through the pages to learn more about our graduate program. Contact me with any questions.

Marc Gartenberg, Professor
Director of the Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology

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