NIGMS Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology
There are three points of entry into the Biomolecular Pharmacology training program: PhD in Pharmacology, PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and PhD in Neuroscience.
Students receiving the PhD in Pharmacology enroll in the Biomolecular Pharmacology Training Program that is supported by a training grant from NIGMS. During their first year they take an integrated curriculum of basic and pharmacological sciences that prepares them for more advanced study through a unique training partnership with Pfizer, bringing students with industrial experience into the classroom, providing a drug discovery course taught by industrial leaders, and summer internships for graduate students at the Pfizer Cambridge site. Three major focus areas for thesis research and advanced elective study are available: Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Biomedical Neuroscience. Administration of the PhD is through the Graduate Education Committee of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
Students admitted into the Department of Biomedical Engineering on the Charles River campus (CRC) can join the Biomolecular Pharmacology Training Program. Laboratory rotations are offered with CRC and BUSM research groups. Students take shared curriculum with pharmacology students, attend pharmacology events and seminars, and gain an invaluable translational perspective for their studies. Administration of the PhD is through the Department of Biomedical Engineering on the Charles River campus.
Students receive their PhD in Neuroscience via the university-wide Graduate Program for Neuroscience (GPN). During their first year they take core neuroscience coursework that spans all areas of neuroscience including behavioral, cognitive, computational, molecular and systems. During their second year they have the option to specialize in neuropharmacology by joining the NIGMS Biomolecular Pharmacology Training program and take core coursework in pharmacological sciences with Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering PhD students. Administration of the PhD is through the GPN Steering Committee.