PhD in Medical Sciences Concentrations
Research in the Molecular Pharmacology &
Physiology concentration in the Medical Sciences PhD Program is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of nervous and
cardiovascular systems and related disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease,
neurodegenerative disorders, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and
neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and drug addiction. Training will
include a unique interdisciplinary blend of didactic coursework, journal clubs,
seminar series, as well as significant research experience. The goal of the
research programs in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology
is to translate studies that decipher mechanisms of diseases or discover novel
diagnostic/therapeutic targets into improved healthcare.
The curriculum for the PhD in Medical Sciences can be found in the Graduate Catalog. A sample of courses offered within the Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology concentration is listed below.
- Basic Medical Physiology
- Basic Medical
- Advanced Pharmacology & Physiology
- Advanced Neuroscience
- Membrane Physiology
- Systems Neurophysiology
Faculty & Research
Current research interests include:
- Renal Pathophysiology and
- Microcirculation, Lymphatic Biology,
Cell and Matrix Molecular Biology
- Hyperbaric Neurophysiology
- Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms
of CNS Oxygen Toxicity
Plasticity with neurodegenerative disease and after brain injury
Learn more about our faculty, students, and their research interests below.
Current Faculty & Students
Affiliated Institutes & Facilities
Garrett Enten – Shock Society
travel award in 2020
Drishya Iyer – American Heart
Association Predoctoral Fellowship
Christopher Hinojo – McKnight
Isabella Hetherington - Krzanowski Career
Development Award, Spring 2021
- Motawe ZY, Abdelmaboud SS, Breslin JW.
Involvement of Sigma Receptor-1 in Lymphatic Endothelial Barrier Integrity and
Bioenergetic Regulation. Lymphat Res Biol. 2021 Jun;19(3):231-239. doi:
10.1089/lrb.2020.0060. Epub 2020 Nov 23. PMID: 33226886; PMCID: PMC8220569.
- Lockhart JH, VanWye J, Banerjee R, Wickline SA,
Pan H, Totary-Jain H. Self-assembled miRNA-switch nanoparticles target denuded
regions and prevent restenosis. Mol Ther. 2021 May 5;29(5):1744-1757. doi:
10.1016/j.ymthe.2021.01.032. Epub 2021 Feb 3. PMID: 33545360; PMCID:
- Gao X, Enten GA, DeSantis AJ, Majetschak M.
Class A G protein-coupled receptors assemble into functional higher-order
hetero-oligomers. FEBS Lett. 2021 Jul;595(14):1863-1875. doi:
10.1002/1873-3468.14135. Epub 2021 Jun 11. PMID: 34032285; PMCID: PMC8316310.
For information about the Medical Sciences PhD Program, contact 813-974-2836 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, students do not apply directly to a concentration. Interested students should submit an application for the PhD in Medical Sciences. Concentrations are typically selected during the first year of study.