About the Program
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 Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Rutgers University and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
The program of independent research is supplemented by an industry sponsored seminar series, as well as 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 tract in cancer biology in conjunction with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Upon completion of the Pharmacology Graduate Program, a PhD degree is awarded jointly from both Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (UMDNJ-GSBS) at RWJMS.
Entrance to the Pharmacology Graduate Program is handled by an umbrella program known as the “Joint Programs in Molecular Biosciences”, which is sponsored by Rutgers University and the UMDNJ-GSBS at RWJMS. 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. In addition, some students are eligible for support from an NIH-funded training program in Cancer Pharmacology awarded to the RWJMS Pharmacology Department, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University.
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
About the Rutgers-UMDNJ Integration
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