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Pharmacology Program

The Kent State University Pharmacology Graduate Program is housed within the School of Biomedical Sciences and enrolls a select group of graduate students interested in Vascular Smooth Muslce Cell in Cultureesearch-based careers in pharmacology. The Pharmacology Program provides substantial opportunity to cultivate chemistry-based skills that are applicable to developing new approaches for treating disease. Our faculty and facilities are outstanding and provide a first-rate training program for young scientists interested in research careers in this discipline.

The Pharmacology Program

The Pharmacology Program is based upon a multidisciplinary curriculum involving the Departments of Anatomy, Neurobiology, Physiology and Pharmacology at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and the Department of Chemistry at Kent State University. The Pharmacology Program involves a balance of classroom and laboratory work. In order to capitalize on the extensive relationships among the training faculty, a close working relationship between faculty and students is strongly encouraged and interdisciplinary approaches to research and theoretical problems are emphasized.


The research facilities and resources available for students of the KSU Pharmacology Program are extensive. They are accessible for study of the pharmacological effects of drugs and other exogenus agents on all physiological systems and functions. The research environment is designed for the study of:

  • anatomy and morphology of the nervous system, neurochemistry, electrophysiology, circadian rhythms, cell and tissue culture, radioiodination and radioimmunoassay, neurotransmittor metabolism and cell and tissue visualization.

Pharmacology Program Admission

Admission to the Pharmacology Program is based on the recommendation of the Pharmacology Committee and approval of the Director of the School of Biomedical Sciences. Students applying to the Pharmacology Program must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (undergraduate and graduate) and hold a baccalaureate degree with preparation adequate to perform graduate work in Pharmacology. This includes two years of chemistry, one year of mathematics, one year of physics, and courses in biology or psychology. Three letters of recommendation are required as is the general test of the GRE; foreign applicants must also submit the TOEFL. An application for admission to the Pharmacology Program and additional information concerning the program, its faculty, advisor selection, and development of a research plan can be obtained from the Director of the School.

The core instruction for all students in the Pharmacology Program is provided in basic physiology and pharmacology. Special attention is placed on providing additional electives that provide a student with a thorough grounding in areas related to their long-term research and career interests.