Welcome to Pharmacology and Toxicology!

Training in Pharmacology and Toxicology opens the door to learning how drugs work, what are the mechanisms of drug toxicity, and paths to development of new drugs.  Employment opportunities range from research faculty in academia, the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies, as well as related public and private agencies.

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the School of Medicine in the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Pharmacology and Toxicology. The goal of our Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Program is to form scientists with integrated knowledge in the areas of pharmacology, biochemistry, physiology and molecular biology.

The faculty members of the department have research interests in the following areas: molecular, epidemiological and clinical aspects of head and neck cancer, computer simulation of pharmacokinetics, glomerular cell function in pathological states, kinase modulation of Na pump, modulation of neurotransmitter uptake and release in epilepsy, phytotherapy, cellular and molecular mechanisms in cardiovascular disease, chemical carcinogenesis, toxicology and risk assessment, oxidative damage and repair in age-related diseases, insulin receptor and diabetes in HIV. Our faculty is also engaged in research interdisciplinary studies in collaboration with other Departments and Institutions.

Some techniques used by researchers in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology are cell culture, electrophysiology, real-time PCR, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, behavioral and motor performance studies. In addition to the facilities in each research laboratory, the core facilities of the Medical Sciences campus are available for our faculty and students. These include: the Animal Laboratory Resources Center, Computer Center, the Flow Cytometry Laboratory, the Electron Microscopy Unit, the Molecular Biology Facility and the DNA Sequencer Unit.

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Visit the department, especially during the annual Open House.


Additional Information for Prospective Students:

  1. General Admission Requirements, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program: http://md.rcm.upr.edu/biomed/