• Graduate Programs

    Graduate Program Profiles and Research Opportunities in the Department of Pharmacology 

    PhD Program

    The Ph.D. program in pharmacology at the University of Iowa is recognized both nationally and internationally.  Many graduates of the program have gone on to become leaders in the field of pharmacology. The emphasis of the Ph.D. program is on laboratory research as well as development of critical analysis and communication skills.  Students also gain knowledge of the field through course work in molecular and cell biology, human physiology and pharmacological sciences during the first two years of the program. Over the past five years, the time required to complete the Ph.D. degree has averaged 5.4 years.  For additional information about the program or to apply on-line, click here.

    Interdisciplinary Programs

    Faculty in the Department of Pharmacology participate in a number of interdisciplinary graduate programs within the University as well as in several programs which combine a professional degree (M.D., D.D.S., etc.) with the Ph.D. degree in pharmacology. For additional information or to apply on-line, click here

  • What our students say about Pharmacology

    We asked our students why they chose to study here, and their comments highlight the important features and benefits of our Department, the University, and Iowa City:

    "I completed undergraduate research at the University of Iowa while attending a small liberal arts college and I was blown away by the facilitates, the staff, and the collaborative attitude of those I worked around.  When it came time to search for graduate schools I considered many schools in the midwest, however after touring and meeting professors and graduate students from these different schools, I still felt drawn to Iowa.  The biggest reason I chose Iowa was because of the people who work here.  I knew that my professors would care and I knew that I'd be valued as an individual.  I found the Pharmacology department after my first semester in the Biosciences program, and I have been very satisfied with the knowledge I have gained and the opportunities I have been given to pursue my future career goals.  I'm very glad the I chose the University of Iowa and my initial impressions are still true today.  Living in Iowa City has also been very fun for my wife and I.  We like to bike, attend functions downtown (especially Sand in the City and the homecoming parade), and cheer on the Hawkeyes in everything from basketball to softball.  The city is just big enough to have most everything you could need, but small enough that we feel safe and generally deal with little traffic."
    - Ryan Sheehy, 5th year Pharmacology student in Ray Hohl's lab

    "The research atmosphere here at the University of Iowa is extremely collaborative and the Department of Pharmacology exemplifies that spirit of collaboration. The Department of Pharmacology is nationally respected for its rigorous PhD program in addition to the later successes achieved by graduates of the program. Unique to the department of Pharmacology is the twice-weekly seminars and student workshops which provide an opportunity to invite visiting speakers and allow students to hone their speaking skills while also presenting their work. Also, a degree in pharmacology is useful to have given its breadth of scope ranging from molecular investigation of pharmacology to the physiological effects in an entire organism. Being a member of the Department of Pharmacology gives you access to well-respected investigators studying cancer, cardiovascular disorders, metabolic disorders and obesity, neurological disorders, and pain. It would be hard for me to imagine being trained in any other department at this point, I really do think the Department of Pharmacology is the best fit for me."
    - Kyle Flippo, 5th year Pharmacology student in Stefan Strack's lab

    "I originally chose the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa for their small program sizes, providing a more challenging and personalized classroom experience, as well as for their highly supportive and collaborative faculty and students.  After being in the program for two years, my experiences have exceeded by initial expectations.  The faculty and students are all willing to go beyond their responsibilities to support and collaborate with each other both in academics and research, making an ideal environment for working towards your doctorate.  Additionally, a PhD in pharmacology provides broad opportunities after graduate school, ranging from academics to pharmaceutical industry to governmental work.  Overall, my experience in the Department of Pharmacology thus far has been outstanding and I would highly recommend the program." 
    - Jacki Reilly, 4th year Pharmacology student in Ray Hohl's lab