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Graduate Programs

Two graduate programs that constitute the core teaching mission of the department: Medicinal Chemistry, and Pharmacognosy. 

The Medicinal Chemistry program includes research in traditional synthetic medicinal chemistry. It also incorporates cancer biology and neuroscience research. Pharmacognosy is the study of the chemistry, biochemistry, biology, taxonomy, and ethnobiology of natural products from plant, marine and other life origins. 

The aim of research programs in these complementary areas is translational drug discovery. The scopes of both fields are broad enough to give students a rewarding and challenging program of study, no matter their scientific background. 

Areas of active interest include natural products chemistry, organic synthesis of medicinal agents, computational chemistry, structural biology, cell and molecular biology, drug metabolism, bioanalytical and molecular toxicology, and animal models. Our current research foci are cancer, women's health, neurodegenerative and related psychiatric disorders, biotechnology, and anti-infectives. 

The department has excellent facilities for research in the major areas of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, and faculty have been highly successful in attracting continuing, extramural research support. We are proud of our record of training outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who now enjoy fruitful careers in academia, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as with government and other regulatory agencies.

For more information about our graduate programs check the links below:

To learn more about graduate student life, things to do, and other issues related to your future career as a graduate student, please visit the MCP Graduate Student Association page for contact information and links.