The Molecular Pharmacology Training Program at the NYU Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

Erika Bach, PhD, Graduate Director (Office hours: Thursday 3-5pm, MSB 497B)

Gregory David, PhD, Graduate Advisor (Office hours: Tuesday 2-4pm)

General Information

The goal of our program is to train a new generation of scientists in molecular and biochemical pharmacology and drug discovery in five major areas:

  • Cancer Signaling Pathways and Targets
  • Structural Biology, Bioinformatics and Drug Design
  • Receptor Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Development of Therapeutics
  • Pharmacology of Neurodegenerative Disorders

Our faculty are internationally recognized scientists. We have trained more than 85 PhD & MD/PhD students. We are the recipient of a prestigious NIH training grant.

Research experience may be acquired in these areas:

  • Growth-factor-mediated signal transduction
  • Tyrosine kinase receptors
  • RNAi technology
  • Medical chemistry
  • Genomic stability
  • Transcriptional regulation
  • Steroid/nuclear hormone receptors
  • Toxicology
  • Proteomics
  • Protein structure
  • Informatics

Pre-doctoral Training Plan

Year 1

* indicates a required course

Fall
Laboratory Rotation I (begin October)
* Foundations I (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
* Scientific Methods: Survival Techniques

Spring
Laboratory Rotation II (begin January) and III (begin April)
* Pharmacology and Drug Development (or in Spring Yr2)
* Scientific Integrity & Responsible Conduct of Research
Foundations II (or other elective)

Summer
Finish laboratory rotation III and choose thesis lab

Year 2

Fall
Training in pre-doctoral laboratory
* Biostatistics and Bioinformatics for Biologists (or Fall Yr1)
Elective course
Work-in-Progress

Spring
Training in pre-doctoral laboratory
*Principles of Protein Modifications in Health and Disease
Work-in-Progress

Summer
Qualifying Exam (must be taken by Dec 31 of 3rd year)
Year 3 until graduation
Training in pre-doctoral laboratory
Research in Pharmacology
Seminar in Pharmacology
Work-in-Progress
Thesis Committee Meetings (twice a year)

Examples of elective courses

  • Foundations II (Cell Biology and Genetics)
  • Cellular Neuroscience
  • Stem Cells
  • Molecular Mechanisms in Biology
  • Molecular Oncology

Other opportunities

  • Departmental and institute seminars
  • National, international meetings
  • Career development seminars
  • Skirball Symposium

General Requirements

  • Completion of 72 graduate credits of which at least 32 must be in course work
  • Successful passing of a qualifying examination
  • University acceptance of a dissertation
Students with disabilities are welcome to apply.