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Ph.D. Training Program

Konradi_Christine.jpgWelcome to the Department of Pharmacology. A unique feature of the department is our outstanding Ph.D. training program. Almost 60 scientists in training are addressing important issues in fields such neuroscience, cardiovascular development, receptor signaling, and drug metabolism. Scientists in these areas are linked by a common interest in, and understanding of, the basic principles of drug action and design.

This perspective makes our trainees ideally suited for a wide range of careers and our program is committed to developing leaders in academia, industry, and regulatory affairs.

– Christine Konradi, Ph.D, Director of Graduate Studies


Program Statistics

  • Current Students = 28 (13 male; 15 female)
    • 1 MSTP students; 3 Pharm.D. students; 1 Master’s Degree students; and 3 URM students
  • Seven year average time to degree is 5.3 years
  • Graduation Rate
    • Seven year overall average is 85.3% (29 out of 34 students, with 10 still in training)
  • Pharmacology students receive a broad foundation that allows them to be leaders in many different scientific environments. Please see link to the T-32 Training Grant page, on the right, for specific student information.

How to Apply

Individuals pursuing a PhD in the basic biomedical or biological science departments, including Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, join these departments following completion of their first year through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences (IGP).

Potential Pharmacology students may access the Graduate School’s website where they will gain some very important and relevant information on who, what, where, when, and how of Graduate School at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. This website also gives information about how to apply.

For information on the IGP program itself or the application process, please visit the Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) website. Students may also contact Carolyn Berry, Coordinator of the IGP program, with any questions or further information at