PhD Curriculum

Required Course

16:115:558 Ethical Scientific Conduct Refresher.  This course is required of all 5th year graduate students as well as MD/PhD in the 3rd year of PhD.  This is a case-based course that reviews the most important topics in Responsible Conduct of Research. It complies with NIH requirements.

http://rwjms.rutgers.edu/education/gsbs/current/ethics.html

 

Subsequent Years Courses

Title: Principles of Drug Action and Targeting (Required Core Course)
Course number: 16:718:680
Director: Dr. Joseph Fondell
Credits: 3
Schedule: Offered every Fall Semester
Description: Thiscourse provides a comprehensive overview of basic principles in pharmacology, representative drug classes and their targets, clinical drug evaluation, experimental therapeutics and drug development.
Note: This course is required.

Title: Genomics in Cancer Therapeutics
Course Number: 16:718:603
Director: Dr. Sabaawy
Credits: 3
Schedule: Spring semester of even years (2016, 2018…)
Description: This course focuses on the latest development in personalized cancer therapy and implementation of genomic and precision medicine approaches. A literature-based seminar course combined with patient-oriented bioinformatics and hospital sessions focused on illustrating how cancer patients are diagnosed and treatments are established. The range of topics covered includes tumor heterogeneity, resistance mechanisms in tumors, and targeted therapies against deregulated genomic stability, cancer metabolism and cancer stem cells.
Note: This course can substitute for one of the 2-unit seminar courses.

Title: Graduate Student Research Seminar (Required of all 2nd, 3rd and 4th year graduate students)
Course Number: 16:718:685
Director: Dr. Lyu
Credits: 1
Schedule: Offered every Spring Semester
Description: In this course, each 2nd, 3rd and 4th year student of the Pharmacology Graduate Program presents their research progress once a year to other students of the program. The course meets weekly during the academic calendar year even though registration and grading are handled in the spring. As such, some students will present their work during the fall sessions. Students often combine their presentations in this course with their yearly Research Advisory Committee meeting by inviting their committee members to the presentation.

2-credit Seminar Courses
Title: Drug-Target Interactions (nucleic acids and chromatin)
Course number: 16:718:605
Instructors: Gartenberg and Studitsky
Schedule: (every three years starting in Spring 2013)
Description: A literature-based seminar course focused on the latest developments in discoveries in chromatin and nucleic acids with emphasis on pharmaceutical applications.

Title: Hormones and Their Receptors
Course number: 16:718:581
Instructors: Chen and Fondell
Schedule: (every three years starting in Fall 2013)
Description: A literature-based seminar course focused on the latest discoveries in mechanisms of hormone actions and their receptors at both cellular and molecular levels.

Title: Pharmacology of Ion Channels/Transporters
Course number: 16:718:582
Instructors: Runnels
Schedule: (every three years starting in Fall 2013)
Description: A literature-based seminar course focused on ion channels and transporters as present and future targets for pharmacological intervention in disease.

Title: Cancer Pharmacology
Course number: 16:718:600
Instructors: Pilch and Liu
Schedule: (every three years starting in Spring 2014)
Description: A literature-based seminar course focused on new molecular targets for anticancer agents.

Title: Signal Transduction
Course number: 16:718:575
Instructors: Ryazanov
Schedule: (every three years starting in Fall 2014)
Description: This is a literature-based seminar course focused on key discoveries in the field of intracellular signal transduction.

Title: Molecular Response to Therapeutic DNA Damage
Course number: 16:718:584
Instructors: Shen
Schedule: (every three years starting in Spring 2015)
Description: This is a literature-based seminar course focused on aspects of DNA repair, recombination, and replication as they relate to pharmacological intervention.

Title: Genetics in Pharmacology
Course number: 16:718:601
Instructors: Walworth and Lobel
Schedule: (every three years starting in Fall 2015)
Description: This is a literature-based seminar course focused on the intersection of genetics and pharmacology with regard to identification of drug targets, development of drugs, and drug response.

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