The objective of the graduate program in Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Rochester is to train scientists in molecular and integrative pharmacology and physiology who are well prepared for careers in independent research and teaching. The program offers Ph.D. degrees in both pharmacology and physiology and includes courses in basic and advanced biomedical sciences, pharmacology, and physiology; original laboratory research; and the preparation and defense of a doctoral thesis.

The Department of Pharmacology and Physiology offers the following Ph.D. program, Program in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

Financial Support

Most students appointed to the Ph.D. porgram receive fellowships that provide a stipend, a full tuition scholarship, and single health insurance coverage, as long as they are making satisfactory progress toward their degree and are in compliance with University and Program academic requirements.

Graduate Student Handbook

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The curriculum that we recommend includes a small set of required graduate-level courses to provide broad training in cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular genetics, as well as opportunities to obtain specialized advanced training in areas closely related to the student’s interests.

The following recommended curriculum fulfills the degree requirements for Ph.D. programs in Pharmacology or Physiology.

Required Courses Total Credits
IND 408, Advanced Biochemistry 5
IND 409, Cell Biology 4
IND 410, Molecular Biology 4
IND 501, Ethics in Research 1
PHP 403, Human Cell Physiology 4
PHP 404, Principles of Pharmacology 4
PHP 405, Effective Scientific Communication 1
PHP 502, Colloquium Series 4
Recommended Courses (at least 6 credits) Total Credits
IND 447, Signal Transduction 4
PHP 440, Topics in Vascular Biology 2
PHP 550, Ion Channels and Disease 2
MBI 473, Immunology 3
NSC 525, Biology of Neurological Diseases 3
BST 463, Introduction to Biostatistics 4
PTH 507, Cancer Biology
PTH 509, Pathways to Human Disease I 4
PTH 510, Pathways to Human Disease II 4
PTH 571, Molecular Basis of Disease 3
CVS 401, Cardiovascular Biology and Disease 3


Laboratory rotations serve to provide an opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the sciences of pharmacology and physiology and, at the same time, become familiar with the diverse investigative activities being pursued within the University of Rochester Medical Center.  All students must successfully complete at least three laboratory rotations before entering the program.  Students can do rotations in the laboratories of the following faculty members associated with the Program in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

In their first year of graduate school, students rotate through three to four research labs. By the end of their first year, they select a faculty member for their thesis advisor, and they devise a research topic for their Ph.D. thesis. Most coursework is completed by the first year; however, advanced courses in selected research areas are also available in subsequent years.

By the second year students, focus on a research project, receive more advanced research training, assemble a thesis advisory committee and complete a qualifying exam.

Other Educational Opportunities

Training Grant in Cellular, Biochemical & Molecular Sciences

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Department of Pharmacology and Physiology

University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 711
Rochester, NY 14642

Phone, (585) 275-1679
Fax, (585) 273-2652

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For more information and details on how to apply, please visit the Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.