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Research

Units, Centers and Institutes

Located in the heart of Chicago, the UIC College of Pharmacy is dedicated to training researchers who will contribute to the understanding of disease states and develop new therapies through multidisciplinary and translational methods. Consistently ranked in the top five for NIH funding among US pharmacy schools, the College focuses on areas of drug discovery through synthetic chemistry and natural sources, pharmaceutical biotechnology, drug delivery, molecular pharmacology and genetics, and therapeutic outcomes in oncology, infectious diseases, women's health and CNS disorders. The College is also investing in the areas of proteomics, personalized medicine, and pharmacogenomics.

Departments and Research Centers

More than 80 research and clinical faculty conduct research and provide training to over 160 graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, as well as 650 professional students. Departments in the College of Pharmacy are organized around four major areas of the pharmaceutical sciences:
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In addition, the College of Pharmacy is home to several specialized research centers and institutes:
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One College, Two Campuses

The College of Pharmacy has expanded its program to a regional Rockford Campus to better serve the needs of Illinois residents, especially those in rural areas. Research is a major component of the Rockford Program, with focus on DNA repair, cancer initiation and biomarker development, and cancer drug targeted delivery.


Our Alumni Support Research and Research Training


Our alumni actively support research and education in the College. The Vahlteich award was established to support junior faculty members’ research, allowing them to explore novel ideas and generate enough data to successfully compete for national funding. The Riback award provides intensive summer research experience for PharmD students with interest in careers in biomedical research.  Thirteen graduate scholarships are awarded annually to recognize top-performing graduate students.