Graduate Student Research at the College of Pharmacy is among the highest quality in the nation. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical companies, and private foundations in excess of $10 million, basic science and clinical research is underway on broad-ranging topics including drug addiction, cancer, infectious disease, pharmacy policy, mental health, pharmaceutical development, and reproductive aging. More than 40 research faculty utilize the funding to provide outstanding training and guidance to more than 130 graduate and postdoctoral students.  In 2007, research results were reported in over 250 peer-reviewed publications around the world.

The research mission of the College of Pharmacy involves novel investigations in the general areas of pharmacology/toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacotherapy, and health outcomes and pharmacy practice.

Research space is located on the UT campus in the two-building pharmacy complex, in the Biomedical Engineering Building and in the Animal Resources Center.   In San Antonio, basic laboratory and clinical research space is available in the McDermott Building on the campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center, and at affiliated institutions.  Additional facilities for collaborative research are available in the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Institute for Neurosciences, and the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology.


Students applying for admission to the doctoral program in the College of Pharmacy beginning in Fall 2014 will have access to a new "Interdisciplinary track" to complement the existing Divisional tracks in Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacotherapy, and Pharmacology/Toxicology. The new track will allow students to customize their curriculum and training across two or more fields, and to develop a dissertation topic outside the constraints of a traditional track discipline. Further, students will be able to concentrate their research within and across eight collaborative areas of research excellence in the college, including:

  • chemical biology/drug discovery
  • infectious disease
  • neurobiology and development
  • neuropharmacology/addiction
  • oncology
  • outcomes research
  • toxicology and environmental disease
  • translational research in drug delivery*
    (*note this is not the same as the translation science doctoral program offered across campuses, described elsewhere, that requires a professional or masters degree for admission)

Thus, a student enrolling in the Interdisciplinary track could, for example, study the pharmacoeconomics of new drug development, with co-supervising professors in the health outcomes and pharmaceutics tracks. Other projects could include, for example, the study of the relationships between drug addiction and cancer development, environmental factors in fetal brain development, or unique methods of drug delivery in specially-designed new medicinal products. These are only a few of a multitude of interdisciplinary topics that could be chosen by the curious student with a vision.

Last Reviewed: March 14, 2013

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