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Pharmacological Sciences

The Pharmacological Sciences program is a supplemental course of study for students enrolled in any of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Ph.D. graduate programs.

Our program aims to provide a solid foundation for students who plan to pursue careers in any of these areas in academia, medicine, or industry:

  • Molecular, physiological, and theoretical mechanisms of drug action
  • Drug discovery
  • Other areas of therapeutic innovation

The Cell and Molecular Regulation Graduate Program and the Department of Pharmacology administer the Pharmacological sciences curriculum, but graduate students in any program on campus are welcome to participate.

What to Expect as a Student


The program’s required coursework includes:

  • Cellular Signaling: Molecular Mechanism to Disease (1.5 units)
  • Mechanisms of Drug Action (3 units)

Journal Club

The program requires students to participate in a popular, weekly journal club led by faculty members from the Pharmacology Department. The Pharmacology Journal Club is an interactive class that allows students to present and discuss papers from various disciplines that have a connection to the pharmacological sciences.

Meet the Chair

David Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Pharmacology
Specialized Curriculum Director, Pharmacological Sciences

“Our Program is interdisciplinary in nature and can be tailored to students from a broad range of fields. This makes for a lively group of student/faculty participants, and it is one reason for the popularity of this training program.” Read Dr. Mangelsdorf’s full message.

David Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.