Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology and Toxicology

Major: PHTX
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Unit: GM
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/medicine/departments/pharmacology

Program Information

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is committed to academic excellence and to the attainment of regional, national, and international recognition for the quality of its educational, research, and service activities. Guided by the University of Louisville 2020 Strategic Plan to become a preeminent metropolitan research university, the Department Strategic Plan will focus on accomplishment of five broad objectives:

  • Provide instruction in pharmacology and toxicology of the highest quality for the education and preparation of medical, dental, nursing, and other health care professional students. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamental principles necessary for life-long learning and the essential knowledge required for rational, effective, and safe use of drug therapy.
  • Advance biomedical knowledge through active contribution to high quality research and other scholarly activities, particularly in pharmacology and toxicology and other areas of focus within the University of Louisville 2020 Strategic Plan.
  • Provide high quality research and educational experiences in pharmacology and toxicology for the education and training of future biomedical scientists who can provide and advance biomedical education, research, and service.
  • Provide instruction of the highest quality in pharmacology and toxicology that is appropriate for students at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels.
  • Provide high quality service to the School of Medicine, the Health Sciences Center, the University, the people of Louisville and the surrounding region, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, professional organizations, the nation, and the world.

Goals of the Program

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is dedicated to advancing biomedical knowledge through active contribution to high quality research in pharmacology and toxicology and to providing high quality research and educational experiences for the education and training of future biomedical scientists who advance biomedical education, research, and service.

Student Financial Support

Students accepted into the Ph.D. program will be considered for an IPIBS graduate student fellowship. The fellowship pays an annual stipend of $25,000 in addition to payment of student tuition and health insurance. The Department houses a NIEHS-funded T32 environmental health sciences training program  which provides stipend support for selected senior students. Since all Ph.D. students and candidates are considered to be full-time students, they generally are not permitted to seek outside employment while enrolled in the doctoral program. In cases where financial aid is limited and additional support is essential, students needing outside employment must apply in writing for departmental faculty approval. The faculty must also approve any change in employment, as well as approving continued outside employment on an annual basis.

Program Admission Procedure

For the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology complete guidelines are given below.

1. Application forms. All candidates for admission to graduate programs at the University of Louisville must complete the application form found at http://louisville.edu/graduate/apply.  This may be completed online or may be submitted via mail to:

School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
Graduate Admissions
Houchens Bldg, Rm 105
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
United States of America

Applications are received at any time for starting dates of approximately August 1, however, for full consideration for IPIBS fellowships, applications should be received by December 1 of the prior calendar year. All credentials and/or communications should be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions and should contain the student's full name and Social Security Number or UofL-issued Student ID. Lack of Social Security Number may cause processing to be delayed. Admission on a conditional basis is a possibility in rare, special cases, even though application materials are incomplete. Please the department for additional information.

2. Application Fee. A $65.00 US currency non-refundable application fee is required with the application form. An application will not be forwarded to the department until this fee is paid. A check or money order should be made payable to the "University of Louisville."

3. Transcripts. Applicants for admission to a degree program must submit an official transcript from each college attended. All University of Louisville transcripts will automatically be submitted with completion of an application. All applications are considered on an individual basis. Normally, a successful applicant will have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher and will have successfully completed sufficient coursework in basic biology, chemistry and mathematics.

4. Test Scores. Applicants normally must take the general section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). There is no absolute cutoff score for acceptance. However, competitive applicants usually score above the 50th percentile. Each case is decided on the totality of its merits. At the discretion of the department, MCAT or other entrance examination scores may be accepted in place of the GRE. Information can be obtained from:

  • University of Louisville Testing Center, or
  • Graduate Record Examination Educational Testing Service Box 955 Princeton, NJ 08541, or
  • http://www.gre.org

The GRE Advanced Test in a discipline is not required, but if available will be used in admissions and placement decisions.

NOTE: GRE Institution Code is R1838-University of Louisville. The GRE major codes are 0216 – Pharmacology or 0219 – Toxicology.

5. Statement of Experience and Professional Goals. At the time of application, a two to three page typed statement should be sent  to introduce the student to the faculty of the Department, describing past educational, laboratory and relevant life experiences, as well as outlining professional goals after the degree program. This statement can be sent electronically to gradadm@louisville.edu or via mail to:

School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
Graduate Admissions
Houchens Building, Suite 105

University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
United States of America

6. English Proficiency. All applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit official TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test or 550 or higher on the paper-based test for verification of English proficiency. Students holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement. Information concerning the TOEFL exam can be obtained from: University Testing Center, or Test of English as a Foreign Language PO Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541 USA or http://www.toefl.org The institutional code of UofL for TOEFL is 1838. The TOEFL department code is 30 (other biological sciences.)

7. Personal Interview. Whenever possible, a personal interview, either in person or via telephone will be held before final offer and acceptance of a position in the Ph.D. program.

8. Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's research and/or academic work are required. These recommendations will ideally include a letter attached to the recommendation form or may be completed electronically via the online application.

9. International Student Applicants. In addition to satisfying the appropriate credential requirements, applicants may be required to provide the following documents.

  • Applicants who attended college outside the U.S. must submit verbatim notarized English translations of all academic records and credentials.
  • Transcripts must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) for admission.
  • If on a Visa that requires an I-20 or IAP-66, the applicant is required to complete an Application Supplement/Financial Declaration form (http://louisville.edu/internationalcenter/isss/current-f1-j1-students/forms-and-documents) and submit appropriate financial documentation.

10. Financial Aid. All applicants to the Ph.D. program of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology are automatically considered for financial aid upon admission. Typically, such aid consists of a stipend, tuition remission and a health insurance benefit.

11. Residency Policy. Residency status for students is determined in the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions. The status is determined according to the policy on classification of students for fee assessment purposes at state-supported institutions of higher education. Except as provided in the guidelines, it is presumed that a resident has remained in the state in a non-student status for the twelve months immediately preceding the last date for enrollment in the institution.

The domicile of an unemancipated person, as defined in the guidelines, is that of his/her parent. The domicile of a married person is determined by the provisions of the guidelines independent of the residence of the spouse. Copies of the guidelines and appropriate forms for requesting change of residence classification may be obtained from the Office of Student Services.

Indiana Tuition Reciprocity:The University of Louisville is participating in an Indiana Tuition Reciprocity Program for residents of Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison or Scott Counties who have been admitted directly into an approved graduate program. Eligible participants are required to notify the Admissions Office prior to their first enrollment and the Registrar's Office after their first enrollment of any changes in residency status. [e.g. if they no longer live in one of the eligible counties, or are no longer in an eligible program.] The University reserves the right to further investigate and require documentation of eligibility for tuition reciprocity.

For Military Personnel: If an applicant, spouse or parent (if dependent) is currently stationed in Kentucky on military active duty for one or more years, please attach a copy of the military orders, a lease or mortgage showing Kentucky address and a military dependent identification card if appropriate. If the applicant is a Kentucky resident but has been in the military and has been recently discharged, please send a copy of the military discharge papers (DD-214).

International Students on Immigrant/ Permanent Resident Status: If currently on an immigrant/ permanent resident status, it will be necessary to submit a copy of an immigration/ permanent resident card, both sides, for review of possible residency classification for tuition purposes.

The University of Louisville reserves the right to change programs of study, academic requirements, fees, schedules of courses, the announced academic calendar and deadlines without prior notice.

Curriculum

Course Number
Course TitleCredit Hours
First Year - Fall Semester
PHTX 641

Pharmacology I

3
PHTX 643

Toxicology I

3
BIOC 645Biochemistry I4
PHZB 616Selected Topics in Physiology2
Co-curricular
PHTX 619

Research (Lab rotations 1 & 2)

2
Written qualifying exam 1 (end of semester)
First Year - Spring Semester
PHTX 642Pharmacology II3
PHTX 644Toxicology II3
BIOC 647

Biochemistry II

4
BIOC 667

Cell Biology

3
Co-curricular
PHTX 619

Research

1
PHTX 606Seminar1
BIOC 603

Research Ethics

1
Written qualifying exam 2 (end of semester)
Summer After First Year
PHTX 618Topics (Statistics)2
PHTX 619

Research

4
Second Year - Fall Semester
PHTX 625Scientific Writing2

Students may take 1-3 elective courses for enrichment

0-8

Co-curricular
PHTX 619Research4
PHTX 606Seminar1
Written qualifying exam 3 (end of semester)
Second Year - Spring Semester
Students may take 1-3 elective courses for enrichment (Masters Candidacy)0-9
Co-curricular
Submission, presentation, and defense of PhD proposal (NIH grant format) and MS thesis.
Awarding of MS degree and transition to PhD candidacy.

Faculty

Demetra Antimisiaris

Associate Professor

Gavin E. Arteel

Professor

Juliane I. Arteel

Assistant Professor

Shirish Barve

Professor

Levi J. Beverly

Assistant Professor

Aruni Bhatnagar

Professor

Michael E. Brier

Professor

Jian Cai

Assistant Professor

Lu Cai

Professor

Matthew C. Cave

Associate Professor

Brian P. Ceresa

Professor

Shao-yu Chen

Professor

Jason A. Chesney

Professor

Geoffrey J. Clark

Associate Professor

Daniel Conklin

Professor

Albert R. Cunningham

Associate Professor

Chendil Damoradan

Associate Professor

John W. Eaton

Professor

Ayman El-Baz

Associate Professor

Paul N. Epstein

Professor

Wenke Feng

Associate Professor

Jonathan H. Freedman

Professor

Hermann B. Frieboes

Assistant Professor

Joshua L. Fuqua

Assistant Professor

Leila Gobejishvili

Assistant Professor

Evelyne Gozal

Associate Professor

Yiru Guo

Professor

Ramesh Gupta

Professor

David W. Hein
Professor

Chair

Michal Hetman

Professor

Brad Hill
Assistant Professor

Kyung Hong

Assistant Professor

Joshua L. Hood

Assistant Professor

A. Bennett Jenson

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Steven P. Jones

Professor

Swati Joshi-Barve

Assistant Professor

Y. James Kang

Professor

Brad B. Keller

Professor

La Creis R. Kidd

Associate Professor

Irina Kirpich

Assistant Professor

Joseph Calvin Kouokam

Assistant Professor

Donghan Lee

Associate Professor

Chi Li

Assistant Professor

Igor S. Lukashevich

Professor

Robert C.G. Martin

Professor

Nobuyuki Matoba

Associate Professor

Craig J. McClain

Professor

Kelly M. McMasters

Professor

Michael L. Merchant

Associate Professor

Donald M. Miller

Professor

Chin K. Ng

Associate Professor

Matthew A. Nystoriak

Assistant Professor

Martin G. O'Toole

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Timothy E. O'Toole

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Kenneth E. Palmer

Professor

William M. Pierce

Professor

M. Michele Pisano

Professor

Shesh N. Rai

Professor

Craig Roberts

Professor

George C. Rodgers

Professor

Jesse Roman

Professor

David A. Scott

Professor

Leah J. Siskind

Associate Professor

Zhao-Hui Song

Professor

Sanjay Srivastava

Professor

J. Christopher States

Professor

Jill M. Steinbach-Rankins

Assistant Professor

Janice E. Sullivan

Professor

Yi Tan

Assistant Professor

Walter (Bert) Watson

Assistant Professor

John P. Wise, Sr.

Professor

Sandra S. Wise

Assistant Professor

Marcin Wysoczynski

Assistant Professor

Jun Yan

Professor

Hong Ye

Associate Professor

Wolfgang Zacharias

Professor

Xiang Zhang

Professor