Biochemical Pharmacology

The biochemical pharmacology track focuses on the biochemical mechanisms responsible for drug and other xenobiotic metabolism, 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.

Competency Grid and Curricular Map

Primary Contact:
Wen Xie, MD, PhD
306 Salk Pavilion
Phone: 412-648-9941
Fax: 412-648-1664