Biochemical Pharmacology

The biochemical pharmacology track focuses on the biochemical mechanisms responsible for drug and other xenobiotic, and gene actions on living systems, both healthy and compromised.

You will have the opportunity to study with faculty in multiple areas including behavioral, cardiovascular and endocrine pharmacology, neuropharmacology, immunopharmacology, chemotherapy, toxicology, and metabolic diseases.
Your research opportunities include studying the biochemical mechanism of drugs and genes in cell cultures and/or healthy and compromised animal models.
You will have the opportunity to create and/or use genetically engineered animals that include transgenic and knockout mice, as well as to integrate disease models into the animal models in order to study the gene function in diseases.
You will develop a broad knowledge of the regulation of drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters and the implications of this regulation in drug metabolism.
Primary Contacts:
Wen Xie, MD, PhD
656 Salk Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-9941
Fax: 412-648-1664


Faculty affiliated with the Biochemical Pharmacology track:

Robert Gibbs, PhD
Paul Johnston, PhD
Yong Tae Kwon, PhD
Ralph Tarter, PhD
 Jeffrey K. Yao, PhD, FACB
Levent Kirisci, PhD
Shilpa Sant, PhD