School of Medicine

Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Program Overview

In its broadest sense, pharmacology is the study of drug action. It is a science that pervades all aspects of health care and forms the foundation for the practice of medicine. As a discipline, Pharmacology has provided an umbrella for intellectual activities that have led to multiple Nobel prizes recognizing discoveries in the basic principles of drug receptor interactions, disease mechanisms and mechanisms of drug action and drug development.

The graduate program in the Department of Pharmacology at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans is designed to prepare students for a career in teaching and research in academic institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, and government agencies. Pharmacology is founded in biological and physical sciences; thus, students should have a working knowledge of biology, chemistry, and mathematics. The training program consists of both didactic and practical course work, seminars, and research experience.

Currently, our graduate students participate in research in areas that include molecular therapeutics, gene therapy and cell signaling, renal and cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, alcohol and drugs of abuse, cancer biology, toxicology, and drug metabolism.  Each student in the program has the opportunity to study under excellent, highly experienced mentors in modern, state-of-the-art research laboratories.

Building upon our fine tradition, we are seeking those students who have a love of science and an interest in new discovery. Our student body is ethnically and culturally diverse. Upon completion of their degrees our recent graduates have gone on to have successful careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry or government agencies.

For interest in the graduate student programs at LSUHSC New Orleans, please refer to the School of Graduate Studies