A Message From the Director, Angela Glading, Ph.D.
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Graduate Program.
What is Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology?
Traditional pharmacology programs have focused on mechanisms of drug action, much as traditional physiology programs have addressed the functions of organ systems and tissues. Our program combines the fundamentals of these fields with cutting-edge approaches to understand cellular signaling at the molecular level, and the application of this understanding to the physiological mechanisms of drugs and drug targets.
Currently, we have over 30 program faculty working in diverse research areas, including cardiovascular science, cell adhesion interactions, ion channel function, G-protein coupled receptor function, mitochondrial biology, and neuropharmacology. The common thread through this multiplicity of research subjects is the drive to understand the cellular and molecular basis of medicine by integrating information from multiple levels of biology. Students entering our program will encounter a group of engaged, interactive faculty endeavoring to prepare the next generation of well-rounded, creative, and independent scientists.
Our students learn to use advanced biochemical, molecular, and genetic research techniques to answer essential scientific questions about the underpinnings of human health. Through this integrative approach, we give our graduates a unique perspective based on a cohesive understanding of how research translates from molecules and cells to tissues and organisms. Our students can expect to graduate ready to embark upon fulfilling careers in academia, pharmaceutical industry, regulatory science, or elsewhere.
We welcome you to learn more about our program through this website and encourage you to contact us with any questions.
Brandon Berry, Graduate Student in the Laboratory of Dr. Andrew P. Wojtovich
Hometown: Auburn, NY
Undergraduate: State University of New York Geneseo
Career Plans: I am passionate about mitochondrial biology, and I plan to be an independent investigator to study metabolism and stress resistance to understand human diseases.
Favorite thing about Rochester: The size of the city is great, where it can feel like a quiet suburb or a bustling city, depending on where you decide to go.
Favorite thing about the CMPP Program: The mentoring is excellent, and I am thankful for the freedom to pursue scientific questions that I am passionate about in my laboratory.
Why did you choose URMC: URMC has a friendly, collaborative atmosphere that is great to achieve personal goals that add to a collective mission to become ever better, individually and as a community.
Where are you now? I am currently finishing my PhD work investigating mechanisms of hypoxia adaptation, and how mitochondria control the metabolic signaling that shapes fundamental stress resistance programs in complex organisms.
Learn more about Brandon and our other CMPP students