Graduate Program

Graduate studies in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry are dedicated to research and education at the interface of the chemical and biological sciences. The graduate program is devoted to the education and training of students to become creative and independent investigators for positions in academic, industrial or government settings. Toward this end the graduate curriculum is an interdisciplinary composition of courses covering the major areas of contemporary medicinal chemistry. Students seeking admission must hold at least a B.S. degree in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, or a related area.

Graduate students in the Department are supported by research assistantships, which currently pay $28,500.00 per year. Tuition is paid by the University for students making satisfactory progress towards the Ph.D. degree.

Students typically join a research laboratory in Medicinal Chemistry in the 2nd year of graduate study at the University of Utah. The first year of graduate study is done in one of the Universities Interdepartmental Graduate Programs.

Students interested in a Ph.D in Medicinal Chemistry should apply to the Interdepartmental Program in Biological Chemistry.

Graduate Program in Biological Chemistry

Selected faculty in Medicinal Chemistry are also associated with these graduate programs at the University:

Molecular Biology

Microbial Biology



Contact Information

Professor Darrell Davis
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
30 South 2000 East, Room 307
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-5820
(801) 581-7006


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Darrell R. Davis, Ph.D


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