Graduate Program


Pharmacology and Toxicology examine the science of drug actions on biological systems. In their entirety, these disciplines embrace knowledge of the chemical properties and biological effects of drugs and poisons and apply this information to examine the therapeutic and/or harmful effects of these active compounds.  Thus, the study of Pharmacology and Toxicology requires a diverse background in biological sciences (biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular biology, physiology, genetics and neuroscience) to be able to integrate the knowledge of biological systems with the effects of pharmacological agents.


Pharmacological sciences can broadly be classified into groups:

Behavioral pharmacology (psychopharmacology)- an interdisciplinary field which studies behavioral effects of psychoactive drugs

Cardiovascular pharmacology - the study of how drugs affect function in the cardiovascular system

Chemotherapy – the study of drugs used for the treatment of microbial infections and malignancies

Clinical pharmacology – the study of drugs and their clinical use; clinical pharmacology bridges the gap between basic science and clinical drug applications

Neuropharmacology - the study of how drugs affect cellular function in the nervous system

Pharmacogenetics – the clinical testing of genetic variations that give rise to differing responses to drugs

Pharmacogenomics - application of genomic technologies to new drug discovery and further characterization of existing drugs


Predoctoral students

Information for new students

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology | 635 Barnhill Drive, MS A401 | Indianapolis, IN 46202