About the Graduate Program

The South Carolina College of Pharmacy is an association of the Colleges of Pharmacy of the University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina. The jointly administered graduate program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Research training in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences encompasses the understanding of disease mechanisms and drug toxicity, and the design and development of pharmaceutical and anti-cancer agents.  Graduate students trained in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences bring the fundamentals of the physical and biological sciences to health-related research, and can pursue various exciting career options in academia, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, or government agencies upon completion of their degree.

Our 4 Research Foci

Research efforts in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences have several foci:

Bioorganic/ Medicinal Chemistry

Specific areas of research in Bioorganic/Medicinal Chemistry include identification of new drug targets; rational and computer-aided drug design, synthesis and analysis; drug metabolism; and bioorganic and molecular immunology. 

Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology

Research areas in Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology include microscale and nanoscale drug delivery systems, and ion channel physiology and pharmacology.

Cell Death, Injury, and Regeneration

Research programs in Cell Death, Injury, and Regeneration include mechanisms of drug- and disease-induced cell injury, death and regeneration; molecular and cellular toxicology; drug transport; and acute heart, kidney, liver failure and stroke.

Cancer Etiology and Therapeutics

Research programs in Cancer Etiology and Therapeutics include mechanisms of cancer chemoprevention; inflammation; genome instability and DNA repair; and cancer therapeutic mechanism of action.