BioMed: Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

The Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology graduate program offers students an intimate, congenial and collaborative learning environment that draws upon faculty experts from the life and physical science departments, as well as physician-scientists at affiliated hospitals.

The graduate program in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology offers advanced training appropriate for a large variety of careers in the fields of biology and medical sciences that include neuropharmacology, neurophysiology and neural circuit function; receptor and channel pharmacology, physiology and signal transduction; structures of biological molecules and their roles in disease; translational and clinical applications of pharmacology & physiology; chemical biology, biophysics and their applications; cancer biology and therapeutics.

Programs of study and research are developed individually in consultation with the student's advisor and advisory committees and are designed to ensure expertise in the student's principal research area, while establishing a strong foundation in the broad fields of pharmacology and physiology. Admission is ordinarily limited to applicants for the Ph.D., but admissions for a fifth–year master's degree only may also be permitted.

Additional Resources

All graduate student research is carried out in faculty research laboratories. In addition to all of the basic research equipment, tools, and facilities, major shared facilities include an electron microscope facility, which houses two high–resolution transmission electron microscopes and a scanning electron microscope; a professionally staffed animal–care facility fully equipped for animal maintenance, large animal surgery, and experimentation; an artificial–organ laboratory; a NMR facility with a 500 MHz (with cryogenic probe) spectrometer; a mouse transgenic and knockout core facility; a proteomics core facility including a Biacore T–100; and a molecular genetics core facility with the capacity to analyze gene–chips are available.

Admission Requirements

  • Writing Sample: Required (in the form of a personal statement)
  • GRE General: Not required
  • GRE Subject: Not required

Application Deadline: January 15

The application for fall 2022 admission will open in early September.

Admission Inquiry Form

Ph.D. Completion Requirements

Students must pass a preliminary research examination according to established schedules, complete and publicly defend a doctoral dissertation, and participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs of the Division of Biology and Medicine. Attainment of the Ph.D. degree normally requires four to five years for Ph.D. candidates and three to four years of graduate work for M.D./Ph.D. candidates.

Graduate Program in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology
Brown University
Box G-B393
[email protected]

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Department Chair: Wayne D. Bowen

Director of Graduate Studies: Anita Zimmerman