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2013-2014 University Catalog 
    
2013-2014 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmacology and Toxicology – Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


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Programs of advanced study and laboratory research in the disciplines of pharmacology and toxicology, leading to the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees, are intended to prepare qualified students for professional careers as pharmacologists or toxicologists in academia, private industry, or public service. At the completion of the MS or PhD in pharmacology and toxicology, every student will be able to carry out the following:

  • Conduct experiments using standard written laboratory protocols.
  • Analyze and interpret data from experiments and publications.
  • Design experiments to investigate a question.
  • Present laboratory findings orally as in seminar format and in writing as in a manuscript for publication.
  • As applicable, defend a thesis or dissertation in a public forum.

Graduate coursework emphasizes integration of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, statistics, and experimental design. Theory and methodologic aspects are considered within the context of current research literature in these fields. At least 20 didactic credits of graduate coursework (700 and 800 level) are required for either degree. Students propose, develop, and perform an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty Advisory Committee and defend their master’s or doctoral thesis before an examination committee of graduate faculty and other expert scientists. Predoctoral students must pass written and oral comprehensive qualifying exams. Publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals is expected. Current research interests of the pharmacology and toxicology faculty encompass cancer pharmacology, metabolism and cellular mechanisms of toxicity of drugs and xenobiotics, cancer cell motility and signaling, and cardiovascular- and neuropharmacology.

Pharmacology and Toxicology MS Program Requirements


Award of the MS degree in pharmacology and toxicology depends on successful completion of both didactic course study and independent research. There is currently no non-thesis degree offered in this program.

The didactic course requirement for the MS degree is to complete a minimum of 20 credits of coursework. The courses used to fulfill this requirement should be primarily courses at the 700 or 800 level required by the program and research advisor/Advisory Committee. A maximum of 6 credits of courses at the 300 or 400 level can be used for this requirement.

All MS degree students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 10 research credits and to defend a master’s thesis. Submission for publication of a peer-reviewed manuscript is strongly recommended.

The courses required for all MS students are listed below. Please note that registration for and participation in both PC 801 and PC 880 are required for each matriculated semester, except for the final semester, but only one credit may be earned for the two courses combined in any given semester. Under certain circumstances, courses can be waived and replaced by other courses by the program director.

Pharmacology and Toxicology PhD Program Requirements


Award of the PhD degree in pharmacology and toxicology depends on successful completion of both didactic course study and independent research.

The didactic course requirement for the PhD degree is to complete a minimum of 20 credits of coursework. The courses used to fulfill this requirement should be primarily courses at the 700 or 800 level required by the program and research advisor/Advisory Committee. A maximum of 6 credits of courses at the 300 or 400 level can be used for this requirement.

All PhD degree students are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 20 research credits, to pass comprehensive examinations, and to defend a doctoral thesis. Submission for publication of at least one peer-reviewed manuscript is required.

The courses required for all PhD students are listed below. Please note that registration for and participation in both PC 801 and PC 880 are required for each matriculated semester, except for the final semester, but only one credit may be earned for the two courses combined in any given semester. Under certain circumstances, courses can be waived and replaced by other courses by the program director.

Faculty


Bin Chen
BS, MS (Nanjing, China); PhD (Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium)
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Director, Graduate Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology
Phone: 215.596.7481
E-mail: b.chen@usciences.edu
Research: effects and mechanisms of photodynamic tumor vascular targeting; synthesis and evaluation of novel optical molecular probes for tumor imaging and targeting.

Adeboye Adejare
BS, MS (Iowa); PhD (Ohio State) 
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8944
E-mail: a.adejar@usciences.edu
Research: mechanisms of neurodegeneration; drug targeting; pharmaceutical profiling; chemistry of fluoroaromatic compounds

Peter J. Harvison
BS (Carnegie Mellon); PhD (SUNY, Buffalo) 
Abramson Chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Phone: 215.596.8979
E-mail: p.harvis@usciences.edu
Research: metabolism of drugs and environmental chemicals in vivo and in vitro; role of glutathione in toxication and detoxication

Zhiyu Li
BS (Nakai, China); MS (Science and Technology, China);
PhD (Maryland) 
Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Director, BS Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology
Phone: 215.596.8943
E-mail: zh.li@usciences.edu
Research: design and engineering protein-based carriers for drug formulation, targeting, and delivery; protein and nucleic acid drug delivery

Catherine C. Moore
BA (Colgate); PhD (Pennsylvania)
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology 
Phone: 267.295.3180
E-mail: c.moore@usciences.edu
Research: regulation of G protein-coupled receptors in cancer cells; biochemical mechanisms of tumor metastasis involving monomeric G proteins

Diane W. Morel
BA (Rutgers); MS, PhD (Case Western Reserve)
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Assistant Dean, Curriculum, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
Phone: 215.895.1123
E-mail: d.morel@usciences.edu
Research: oxidized lipids/lipoproteins in chronic disease states; vascular cell function/disfunction; cardiovascular toxicology

Raymond F. Orzechowski
BS (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science); MS, PhD (Temple)
Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Marvin Schulte
BS (St. John’s); MS, PhD (Minnesota)
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8903
E-mail: m.schulte@usciences.edu
Research: understanding and manipulating the underlying mechanisms involved in diseases of the central nervous system; developing new approaches to drug development and to identify new drugs relevant to the treatment of these debilitating diseases

Ruy Tchao
BS (Nottingham, England); PhD (Manchester, England)
Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Phone: 215.596.8978
E-mail: r.tchao@usciences.edu
Research: extracellular matrix molecules and effects of pharmacologic agents on cancer-cell motility and invasion; in vitro toxicity assays with epithelial cell lines

Shanaz M. Tejani-Butt
BS, MS (Bombay); PhD (Medical College of Virginia)
Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Phone: 215.596.8594
E-mail: s.tejani@usciences.edu
Research: molecular mechanisms associated with regulation of biogenic amine transporters; the role of these systems in modulating stress responses; therapeutic actions of psychoactive agents in psychiatric disorders

Adjunct Faculty

David W. Cragin
BS (Rhode Island); PhD (UC Davis)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Lynn Flowers
PhD (West Virginia University)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Matthew V. Lorenzi
BS (Marquette); PhD (Miami)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Steve J. Offord
PhD (PCPS)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

William Pare
PhD (Carnegie Mellon); PhD (Delaware)
Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Thomas H. Rushmore
BSc (Muhlenberg); MSc (Fairleigh Dickinson);
PhD (Thomas Jefferson)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Barry Sachais
BS (Rutgers); PhD (New Jersey College of Medicine)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Lindon Young
BA (Immaculate); PhD (USciences)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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