Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences

College of Pharmacy

What is Biopharmaceutical Sciences?

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Are you interested in a career understanding and developing the future of drugs and therapies? Interested in how to get a drug to act in the body? Interested in how drugs act in the body? Interested in how drugs enter or leave the body? Interested in how drugs are processed by the body? A career in Biopharmaceutical Sciences may be right for you.

With that statement, however, we are left with the question of what Biopharmaceutical Sciences is. The Biopharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program is not just a sinngle discipline. It is an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems that will hopefully translate in the therapeutic approaches for humans. By understanding the general principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, pharmacogenomics, and pharmaceutics, the faculty, staff, and graduate students in Biopharmaceutical Sciences conduct research projects that will determine new therapeutic targets (pharmacology), understand how a drug is metabolized and excreted (pharmacokinetics), understand how individuals are different in their drug reactions (pharmacogenomics), and develop novel methods for delivering drugs (pharmaceutics). The reseach may use the tools of bioimaging, biophysics, cell biology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, nanotechnology and biomedical engineering to address these issues, but the underlying research seeks to gain insight into the given research problem.

If you would like more information, please contact the DGS or take a look at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists website for students that describes the Pharmaceutical Sciences.