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:
Our graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate, accepting positions as scientists in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, academia, and government.
- drug metabolism
- crystal engineering
- polymer-based drug delivery
- biophysical chemistry
- molecular biopharmaceutics
- Drug delivery to the central nervous system to treat Alzheimer’s, brain cancer, pain, addiction, and epilepsy
- Targeted drug delivery to treat cancers; Respiratory delivery methods to treat a variety of conditions including lung cancer
- Engineered nanoparticles to target drugs to the desired sites
- Polymeric drug delivery
- Behavior and movement of a drug to its intended destination in the body
- Materials science and engineering of drug substance and drug products
- Strategies to enhance drug availability to the body
Pharmaceutics Summer Research Program
The Department of Pharmaceutics has a limited number of summer research internship positions in our laboratories. The successful candidates will conduct innovative pharmaceutical research under the guidance of prominent faculty members and talented graduate students.
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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.