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Program in Pharmacology

The research activities of the Weill Cornell Pharmacology Program faculty cover broad areas of modern pharmacological sciences. Faculty carry out research in cancer pharmacology, neuropharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, drug metabolism, toxicology, proteomics, molecular pharmacology, receptors and signal transduction, and drug design. A major mission of the Pharmacology Program faculty is to provide research training to Ph.D. students and to postdoctoral fellows that is thorough, intense and exciting. A strength of the Pharmacology Program at Cornell is that the research of many of the faculty is focused on therapies for a variety of diseases, and several faculty have clinical responsibilities or close association with clinical faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College and/or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute. This allows students and fellows in the Pharmacology Program to perform research which will result in better or new therapies for diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, and heart disease.

The goal of the Pharmacology Program is to produce scientists who possess knowledge of pharmacology, as well as a foundation of understanding of biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical biology, and cell and organ physiology. Students and postdoctoral fellows also have ample opportunities to improve their scientific communication skills, both by writing research papers and by presenting their research data at laboratory meetings, at the Pharmacology Program Retreat, and at national scientific meetings. Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows have the option of teaching, but this in not a required part of the program. We want our students and fellows to be prepared for productive research careers in academia, government or industry. Lectures about various career paths are presented regularly to assist students and fellows in planning for their futures. Finally, the program provides students and fellows with a group of supportive, helpful and spirited colleagues who enjoy their work and each other. The Weill Cornell Pharmacology Graduate Program was rated 4th in the USA (#32 is the Cornell Veterinary School Pharmacology Program in Ithaca, N.Y.) by the prestigious National Research Council. The National Research Council (NRC) of the USA is the working arm of the National Academies of the United States. To view the rating of the Weill Cornell Pharmacology PhD Program, click here. This rating was done in 2010 by the National Research Council, part of the USA National Academy of Sciences, #4 Cornell University is the Weill Cornell Pharmacology Graduate Program (located in New York City) of Cornell University.

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