Molecular and Medical Pharmacology

Scope and Objectives

The Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology offers an opportunity for gifted students to work with accomplished faculty members toward making novel discoveries in basic and clinical research.

Departmental research interests span a broad range of studies by integrating biological, physical, engineering, and medical sciences to explore mechanisms of disease in biological systems from in silico through a single cell to the whole organism level, while encompassing patient studies. Faculty members strive to understand basic biological systems and disease states and, where appropriate, to use these observations to develop both new molecular diagnostic technologies and new molecular therapeutics.

With the department as home to the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging and the Ahmanson Translational Imaging Division with its nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET) imaging research and clinical service, students have access to both state-of-the-art science and technology and the opportunity to make a direct impact on patient care. In addition, the department is home to the Business of Science Center. This program provides education, experience, and industry mentorship to graduate students in the department and in other academic programs to prepare them for professional careers.