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Graduate students in the Program in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics complete required and elective didactic courses and participate in seminars and journal clubs that are designed to provide a strong knowledge base for their research and a deep understanding of pharmacology. They also complete four research rotations. Students typically select their research mentor at the end of May of the first year and begin dissertation research after successfully passing the qualifying examination in June. Thereafter, emphasis is placed on dissertation research. When the aims of the research project have been achieved, students write and defend their dissertations.  


A series of courses are offered in the first year of study that are specifically designed to provide a broad, yet deep knowledge of pharmacology. Additional elective courses are also offered. Students are required to complete on elective offered by the program; a second elective may be offered by any Sackler graduate program.

More information about the curriculum and specific courses can be found in the Sackler Catalog.  download pdf

Seminar Courses

All students participate in seminars and a journal club each semester.

Clinical Pharmacology and Drug Development Course

Students are encouraged to attend the Postgraduate Course in Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Development and Regulation, which is held each year by Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) in the early spring semester of each year. This highly acclaimed, five-day program provides advanced instruction in practical and technical problem-solving in the areas of clinical pharmacology, drug development & clinical trial strategies, biopharmaceutical development, drug safety, and new drug regulation. Several of the Pharmacology Program faculty members teach in this course. Tuition remission is available for up to 3 students to attend each year.

Contact the course co-director, Richard Shader MD Send an e-mail for details. 

Contact Information









Emmanuel Pothos, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
Stearns 514
Phone: 617-636-6940
Fax: 617-636-2990

Health Science Campus

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The Health Sciences Campus is home to Sackler, the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center and several research institutes.

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research