Department of Pharmaceutics


Dr. Panyam and studentThe Department of Pharmaceutics has a rich tradition of innovation and a commitment to advancing health through new knowledge. Faculty members make significant contributions to enhancing understanding of drug action and delivery. 

As part of the Academic Health Center, there is access to an abundance of intellectual and physical resources, including the Masonic Cancer Center, Characterization Facility, Supercomputing Institute, NMR facilities, Biomedical Imaging Processing Lab, AeroCore, Brain Barriers Research Center, and the Center for Translational Drug Delivery.

The PhD and MS Graduate Programs in pharmaceutics prepares students for research in the development and testing of drug products, including investigating interactions of drugs with complex biological systems and the physical and chemical formulation of drugs for delivery.  Specializations include: 

  • pharmacokinetics
  • pharmacodynamics
  • drug metabolism
  • crystal engineering
  • polymer-based drug delivery
  • biophysical chemistry
  • molecular biopharmaceutics 

Pharmaceutics Faculty Job Opening

Assistant Professor Position: Internal applicants 313328 / external applicants 313328

Associate Professor Position: Internal applicants 313360 / external applicants 313360


What is Pharmaceutics?

Pharmaceutics is the study of the quantitative aspects of drug delivery. It involves the design, development and evaluation of drugs in combination with an appropriate dosage form.  A pharmaceutical scientist:

  • characterizes physical properties of drugs
  • develops innovative delivery systems for drugs
  • quantitatively evaluates drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and pharmacological activity in the living organism.

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