Research Training

Graduate Students

Graduate students in the Department of Pharmacology enter through the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. All students (except those in the Medical Scientist Training Program) take a core curriculum the first year and perform laboratory rotations. They then select a laboratory in which to carry out their doctoral research. Any faculty member in the Department who has an appointment in the Graduate School can serve as a training mentor.

Graduate students are free to join any of the 10 graduate programs, regardless of laboratory mentor. Qualifying exams are taken in the second year, after which students advance to candidacy. Students generally work in labs for an additional two to four years before receiving their Ph.D. See Resources for Graduate Students at UT Southwestern for more information about graduate student training at UT Southwestern.

Graduate training in the Pharmacological Sciences may be integrated with any of the graduate programs. The curriculum includes high-level, specialized courses and a journal club. The Department of Pharmacology has been the recipient of a predoctoral training grant in Pharmacological Sciences from the National Institute of General Medical Services (National Institutes of Health) for over three decades.

The Alfred Gilman Memorial Student Award for Excellence in Research is awarded every year by the Department of Pharmacology to honor the scientific achievements of a senior student in the department. The award comes with a monetary prize and a name placard that is displayed outside the departmental office.

Postdoctoral Scholars

The Department of Pharmacology is currently home to around 50 postdoctoral scholars. Please check below for Postdoctoral positions currently available. See Postdoctoral Training Opportunities for more information about postdoctoral training at UT Southwestern.

Postdoctoral Positions Available

G Protein Signaling

To study mechanisms of signal amplification, integration, and timing in receptor-G protein-effector systems. We are interested in how regulation by receptors, GAPs, GΒγ subunits and other inputs are coordinated to control signal amplitude, duration, and pathway. We work both with purified proteins and in cells, and focus on essential mechanisms of signaling and quantitative interpretation of experiments. We use both traditional biochemical and cellular measurements, as well as data from fluorescence sensors.

Strong applicants could come from a signaling background or from other areas of biochemistry, biophysics, molecular pharmacology, or computational/systems biology. You will dig into all of these areas before you leave.

Applicants should send a CV, a brief statement describing their research interests, and the names and contact information for three references.

Feel free to call or email me for questions, or go to our website: Ross Lab

Elliott M. Ross
Department of Pharmacology
Graduate Programs in Cell Regulation and Molecular Biophysics
UT Southwestern Medical Center
6001 Forest Park Road
Dallas, TX 75390-9041
Phone 214-645-6134

Computational Biology

A full-time computational biology postdoctoral position is available in the Altschuler/Wu laboratory. The successful candidate will investigate cellular responses to perturbations through a combined approach of microscopy-based assays, imaging processing, statistical analysis, and mathematical modeling. The lab is highly multidisciplinary and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with biologists at the bench.

Applicants should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, or other closely related fields.

Applicants should submit a brief one-page description of research interests and plans, a resume, and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Steven Altschuler

Systems Biology

A full-time postdoctoral position is available in the Altschuler/Wu Laboratory, Division of Systems Biology, Green Comprehensive Center for Molecular, Computational, and Systems Biology, and the Department of Pharmacology at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. The successful candidate will investigate design principles underlying cell polarization. Our lab investigates mechanisms of spatial and temporal organization, using a combined approach of mathematical modeling, molecular biology, and quantitative microscopy.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in either biological or mathematical sciences. Applicants with a Ph.D. in biological sciences should have a strong background in standard molecular biology techniques and microscopy, with interest in investigating and working with quantitative measurement of network behaviors combined with mathematical modeling. Applicants with a Ph.D. in mathematical sciences should have a strong background in mathematical analysis, signal processing, or scientific programming with interests in investigating biological questions and working with biological systems.

Applicants should submit a brief one-page description of research interests and plans, a resume, and contact information for three references to:

Lani Wu, Ph.D.