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Modern Pharmaceutical Sciences Research at Utah

College of Pharmacy

The field of pharmaceutical sciences now crosses into many disciplines, requiring training and resources in the life sciences, biotechnology, physical sciences, especially chemistry, analysis of many kinds, nanotechnology, animal models of disease, and clinical sciences medicine. The demands on the Utah graduate program to provide training, access, and a research environment are substantial! Each student has personal research and training needs that can be accommodate through the mentor's lab, collaborating faculty both on and off campus, central university shared resources, and fee-for-use outside vendors.

The University of Utah pharmaceutics graduate program emphasizes training in physical chemsitry, physical organic chemistry, matematical modeling, bioengineering and molecular biotechnology. Graduate students learn to apply their understanding of basic concepts in these areas to specialized areas of modern drug delivery research including:

  • Gene medicine: novel therapeutic gene delivery and targeting methods

  • Improving biomaterials performance in medical applications, including implantable devices and diagnostics

  • Design and characterization of novel drug delivery systems using new biomaterials (polymers, peptides, nanosystems) and new drug forms (e.g., transgenes, proteins, peptides) to build and control system design, drug release and stability

  • Innovative drug delivery systems that combine new targeting, imaging, and triggered release features to improve therapy

  • Cell-based therapies for metabolic disease

  • Basic research in the kinetics and mechanisms of drug metabolism in the body

  • Studies of drug transport mechanisms into and through biological membranes (e.g., skin, GI tract, mouth/nose, lung or cell membranes and cell organelles) and synthetic polymer delivery devices

  • Analysis of drug physical and chemical properties and the influence of bioactive molecule chemistry on those properties

The University of Utah encourages opportunities for collaboration with researchers in other University departments (e.g., artifical organs, bioengineering, oncology, internal medicine and surgical specialities), as well as opportunities for joint work with scientists at other universities and in industry, both in the United States and internationally.

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