From the Department Chair


Congratulations on deciding to pursue a career in basic medical research. The road of scientific inquiry is challenging and the curriculum of study toward the Ph.D. degree is just the beginning of that journey.

As a student here, you will learn to carry out independent research and to communicate your knowledge and wisdom to those who will follow in your path. I cannot overemphasize the importance of basic medical research. Discoveries in the research laboratory can translate quickly into diagnostics or even cures for disease. Startling recent advances in the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia and the identification of candidate genes for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are encouraging signs that the twenty-first century will bring many new approaches to therapeutics.

The Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the Boston University School of Medicine is committed to fostering integrative research and to providing an environment in which discoveries from basic science laboratories are translated into therapeutic agents. It is my hope that your own research will someday contribute to the elimination of some of the greatest sources of human suffering, such as birth defects, cardiovascular disease, cancer and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Best wishes,


David H. Farb, Ph.D. Professor and Chair