Graduate Program

The program provides rigorous training in critical thinking, while giving the students a broad base of possible research areas.  The Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics Program presents students with a unique opportunity to obtain individualized training in all aspects of biomedical sciences, including pharmacology, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, structural biology, biophysics, genetics, immunology, neurobiology, systems and computational biology, as well as translational biomedical disease-related research.  The program provides graduate students with a thorough grounding in the basics of pharmacology through a series of ‘core courses.’  Participating faculty draw from all the Basic Science Departments at Columbia University Medical Center (For faculty information, please visit the GSAS site).  Many of the faculty trainers are affiliated with basic science and clinical departments and are, therefore, engaged in multiple disciplines.  As a result, there can be many collaborative and interdisciplinary interactions in the program.

Training in the first year of the program consists of required core courses and research rotations in laboratories.  Second year students begin laboratory research and take the remaining core courses, as well as elective courses relevant to the thesis work.


Program Leadership

  • Cory Abate-Shen, PhD

    Chair, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics

    Cory Abate-Shen
  • Masayuki Yazawa, PhD

    Interim Program Director

  • Karen Allis

    Program Administrator

    Karen J. Allis

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