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PhD Program

As a pharmacology PhD candidate, you will do research in our highly collaborative environment, present your findings in a variety of settings and acquire the skills of a well-rounded, independent research scientist.

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Our distinguished faculty will mentor you through the full scope of your research, from training you to use equipment and analyze data through writing grants. You will work with state-of-the-art synthetic and computational resources to develop novel molecules and study their effects in the body and the environment.

In the process, you will build interdisciplinary research skills with applications to careers in drug discovery, neuroscience, toxicology, endocrinology, public health and many other fields.

Shape Your Career

We offer two tracks to a PhD in Pharmacology: apply directly to the PhD in pharmacology or apply to the interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences for the first year.

We fully fund the entire course of your studies. This support allows you to completely immerse yourself in your research, giving you chances to collaborate closely with our faculty, and faculty throughout the medical school and in allied departments and institutions.

Students entering directly into the PhD program have the option to select a lab immediately upon enrollment or to use our flexible short rotation system as needed. The program, which begins on July 1, affords you the opportunity for a head start on your research project, prepares you for academic success, and gives you time to adapt to life at UB and in Buffalo.

The multiple lab rotation system in the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences gives you experience working in a wide array of research projects before you choose one for your dissertation work in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

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Contact Us

For questions about admissions and academic advisement, please contact:

Singh, Satpal

Satpal Singh, PhD


206 Cary Hall Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-2453; Fax: (716) 829-2801