Translational Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Volker E. Neugebauer, M.D., Ph.D., Chairperson for the School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Michael Blanton, Ph.D., GSBS Senior Associate Dean, Graduate Advisor
Full Members: Benamar, Bergeson, Blanton, Escamilla, Freeman, Guindon, Henderson,
Lawrence, Lombardini, Mahimainathan, Neugebauer, Norman, Popp, Roghani, Syapin, Tenner,
Associate Members: Artigas, Culberson, Jansen, Kang, Perez, Reddy, Reynolds, Woolard,
Adjunct Members: Borsook, O’Boyle, O’Dell
About the Concentration
The Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience offers graduate programs leading to
the M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Translational Neuroscience and Pharmacology. Graduate
study may be pursued in several areas, including systems and cellular neuropharmacology
and neuroscience, molecular pharmacology, biochemistry and neurobiology of disease.
The newly established Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics
provides valuable opportunities for interdisciplinary basic science and translational
research. Clinically relevant research topics include pain mechanisms and therapies
in various preclinical models (arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), HIV, chemotherapy-
and nerve injury-induced neuropathic pain), alcohol abuse disorders, alcohol- and
oxidative stress-induced damage to the developing brain and neurodegeneration, neurodegenerative
disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, anti-neoplastic drug development and mechanisms
of drug resistance.
The M.S. degree is a two-year program. The first year consists primarily of coursework
(first year curriculum) as well as lab rotations. The second year consists almost
entirely of research culminating in a master's dissertation and oral defense.
A minimum of three years of graduate study beyond the bachelor's degree is required
for the Ph.D. degree; completion of the requirements generally takes four to five
years. During the period of study the student does the required course work, takes
a qualifying examination, and completes a Ph.D. dissertation based on his or her original
The faculty members of the program seek to foster a creative and productive research
atmosphere and to equip students with the intellectual tools they will need to succeed
as investigators and teachers. Graduates can expect to enter careers in academic institutions,
industry, or government agencies.
Opportunities are also available for postdoctoral training in the research areas listed
Concentration Guidelines: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/som/pharmacology/graduate.aspx