Our mission is to conduct cutting-edge research that is both basic and translational, pushing the boundaries of discovery into uncharted areas that have current and future relevance to improving human health and advance the development of novel therapeutics.

Our faculty members have a wide range of interests and are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their chosen field. Our programs are genuinely committed to providing excellence in research and training the next generation of diverse scientists and leaders in basic and applied biomedical research.

Our faculty share a strong commitment to nurturing a diverse student and postdoctoral community of emerging leaders, with training that provides excellent opportunities for success in their careers.

The PP&B department provides infrastructure and opportunities for Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and external collaborations amongst disciplines to support outstanding programs in the areas of basic, translational and clinical research.

Advanced research in the basic and translational sciences of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biophysics requires an understanding of the principles and precepts of a broad range of disciplines. From the behavior of atoms in macromolecules to the effect of molecules on the behavior of organisms, our scientists are trained to think in several dimensions simultaneously. This interdisciplinary need is reflected in our training programs that include PhD and MD/PhD degrees in Pharmacology, the Program in Biomedical Sciences PhD and MD/PhD degrees in Physiology or Biophysics, the PhD Graduate Program for Neuroscience, the Masters programs in Physiology or Biophysics, as well as our industrial training partners Pfizer and Biogen.

Each program stresses broad laboratory training and original research performed under the direction of a faculty advisor. With Graduate Education playing a key role in the vibrancy of our research, we work to continually improve and expand the opportunities for our graduate students.

We celebrate the spirit of our scientific community and are proud of student initiatives to continuously improve the student experience via the Biomedical PhD Student Organization (BPSO),  the PharmEX student-run committee for faculty and student engagement, and the Diversity Equity Inclusion and Justice committee, together providing a safe and stimulating space for student ideas and professional development.

Research interests in our programs encompass many facets of Pharmacology, Neurophysiology, Cancer Research, Structural Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Cell Biology, and Molecular and Cellular Physiology including: Biophysics, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Metabolism & Obesity, Light Microscopy & Biophotonics, Microbial & Viral Pathogenesis, Model Systems & Technologies, Neuropharmacology & Neurophysiology, Sensory Systems, Signal Transduction, and Structural Biology & Protein Folding.

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