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Molecular Pharmacology PhD Training Program Curriculum

The Molecular Pharmacology PhD Training Program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences trains new scientists in molecular and biochemical pharmacology and drug discovery. Our program focuses on five major areas: cancer signaling pathways and targets; structural biology, bioinformatics, and drug design; receptor pharmacology and therapeutics; development of therapeutic agents; and pharmacology of neurodegenerative disorders.

Students must fulfill the general requirements of the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the specific degree requirements of the Molecular Pharmacology PhD Training Program. These requirements include the completion of 72 graduate credits, 32 of which are coursework. Additional credits come from research, special topics courses and seminars, completing a preliminary examination, and acceptance of your dissertation.

Degree Requirements for Molecular Pharmacology Students

After joining the Molecular Pharmacology training program at the end of your first year, you begin working with a mentor, performing experiments related to your thesis research. During this second year, you also finish course requirements and complete 32 coursework credits. You must attend the annual retreat, usually held in the spring.

In the summer between the second and third years, you form your thesis committee and write and defend a proposal for your qualifying exam.

During and beyond your third year, you continue training in the lab, and you meet with your thesis committee twice a year. We encourage you to attend and make poster or oral presentations at national and international conferences. In addition, you’re expected to attend NYU Langone seminars. Learn more about our program and qualifying exam guidelines.

After your proposal is approved by your thesis committee you begin to write your thesis and schedule a thesis defense. Download the Thesis Committee Report.

Current students can download forms for the qualifying exam, committee meeting reports, and important information on thesis defense and graduation by logging into our student community with their Kerberos ID.

Molecular Pharmacology PhD Training Timetable

Students in the Molecular Pharmacology PhD Training Program generally adhere to the following curriculum. For more information, view our PhD course catalog.

Year One, Fall Semester

Laboratory Rotation I
Topics in Molecular Biology
Fundamental Research Skills and Tools

Year One, Spring Semester

Laboratory Rotations II and III
Pharmacology and Drug Development
Scientific Integrity and Responsible Conduct in Research
Biostatistics and Exploratory Data Analysis
Cell Biology
Introduction to Genetics
Other electives

Year One, Summer Semester

Finish Laboratory Rotation III and choose thesis lab

Year Two, Fall Semester

Training in the laboratory
Elective course
Works in Progress Seminar Series

Year Two, Spring Semester

Training in the laboratory
Principles of Protein Modifications in Cell Signaling
Works in Progress Seminar Series

Year Two, Summer Semester

Qualifying exam

Year Three Until Graduation

Training in the laboratory
Research in Pharmacology
Seminar in Pharmacology
Works in Progress Seminar Series
Thesis committee meetings

Examples of Elective Courses

Introduction to Cellular Neuroscience
Developmental and Stem Cell Systems
Molecular Mechanisms in Biology
Molecular Oncology

Students can participate in department and institute seminars, national and international meetings, career development seminars, and the Skirball Symposium.

In addition to twice-yearly thesis committee meetings, all students present their doctoral work once a year in our Works in Progress Seminar Series. Current students can obtain more information about the series by logging into our student community with their Kerberos ID. Our annual retreat, which is mandatory, is held each spring. It’s a place where ideas are pleasantly exchanged within the community. Activities at the retreat typically include a keynote speaker, brief talks by Molecular Pharmacology PhD Training Program students and postdocs in mentor labs, and a poster session.