Pharmaceutical Sciences

1phar·ma·ceu·ti·cal

adjective \ˌfär-mə-ˈsü-ti-kəl\

: of or relating to the production and sale of drugs and medicine

:  of, relating to, or engaged in pharmacy or the manufacture and sale of pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical Sciences refer to the multitude of disciplines connected to the study of drugs and drug development. Students earning a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison concentrate in one of three research cores: Drug Discovery, Drug Action, or Drug Delivery. Research in Drug Discovery focuses on small molecule development, driven by modern medicinal applications of natural products, chemistry, organic synthesis, combinatorial methods, and rational molecular design. Drug Action is directed toward drug mechanism and signal transduction with emphasis on cellular differentiation, development, and disease. Interest is concentrated on drug interaction at the cellular, genetic, molecular, and biochemical levels using diverse model systems. Drug Delivery emphasizes principles in physical chemistry, biomaterials, and drug transport, aiming for advances in formulation, drug targeting, and multi-modal therapy. Delivery research includes the solid state chemistry of drugs, nano-pharmacy, biocompatibility, molecular recognition, computational chemistry, pharmacokinetics, and molecular imaging.