Why Study at Loyola?

The Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics Department at Loyola is relatively small, and therefore provides a more intimate and interactive environment with a high faculty to student ratio. Small class sizes promote learning and discussion.

Faculty in the Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics Department are involved in collaborations with faculty in other basic and clinical departments and Research Institutes at Loyola. In addition, many faculty collaborate with investigators at other universities or institutes in Chicago, across the nation, and even across the world, providing unique opportunities to extend educational and research experiences.

Entering students enroll in a Core Curriculum in their first semester, which entails course work in biochemistry, cell biology, systems biology, and methods in biomedical sciences. The Core Curriculum is attended by students in each of the seven basic science programs at the medical center and it provides an extensive base of information in all of the basic science disciplines. This establishes a foundation on which the more advanced pharmacology course work can be pursued. In addition, the Core Curriculum creates an interactive environment in which first year Pharmacology students can interact with their peers in other basic science disciplines and establish relationships that persist throughout their graduate school years.

Students attend a Pharmacology Journal Club in each semester during their graduate studies. In this course students work closely with a faculty mentor to present and discuss journal articles related to research in pharmacology. Students also present their own research results in a format that allows advanced and junior students to interact and benefit from each other’s experience and knowledge.

A formal course in Teaching Pharmacology is offered to advanced students, giving them the opportunity to develop lectures and present them to undergraduate and first-year graduate students. This teaching experience, which is unusual among Pharmacology graduate programs, helps students develop skills in presentation and logical organization of material that are invaluable in any future working environment.

The Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics organizes Career Forums that highlight opportunities for graduates of our programs to pursue careers in a wide range of disciplines. We invite many of our former students to return to Loyola to talk about their career experiences and provide their insights to current students who may be interested in following similar career paths.

The faculty of the Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics are involved in world class research on the cutting edge in fields like cancer, cardiovascular, and neuro-pharmacology. Extramural funding for our research projects is provided by agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration, the National Science Foundation, and a number of private agencies such as the American Heart Association and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Students have the opportunity to contribute to these research projects, to publish results in nationally and internationally respected scientific journals, and to learn from some of the best scientists in the world. Many students successfully compete for extramural fellowship support, which provides extra funding for their research and for travel to national and international symposia.