Faculty trainers in the Biotechnology Graduate Program pursue research across the life sciences and engineering fields. The common thread among them is a focus on the fundamentals of drug and gene delivery, drug discovery, and cell therapy.
Drug Discovery is the complex process by which new drug candidates (small and large molecules) are identified, tested, validated, manufactured and ultimately evaluated in clinical trials. At Brown, faculty are working on various diseases and are focused on identifying new drug targets, understanding the biochemistry and physiology of drug targets, screening for and testing novel drug candidates, synthesizing new therapeutics, determining the molecular structure of drug targets and new high throughput methods to replace the use of animals in toxicity testing and drug discovery. Students take graduate level courses to deepen their understanding of pharmacology, physiology, translational medicine, in vitro models, bioinformatics, and drug design.