PhD in Pharmacology & Physiology

Our department offers a comprehensive and rigorous PhD program. Pharmacology, the study of the effects of drugs and chemicals on living organisms, is inherently interdisciplinary andĀ builds on the strengths of physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, neuroscience, and molecular biology. Our faculty and students, using drugs and chemicals as tools, probe the molecular machinery of living systems in order to understand how cellular and organ systems function and how they are regulated.

Although the research areas covered by the participating faculty are broad, the most concentrated areas of research strength are in neuropharmacology and signal transduction. Because of our strong focus on neuropharmacology, students interested in clinical pharmacology or cancer pharmacology may wish to apply elsewhere. In particular, the Tumor Biology Program at Georgetown is very strong.

There is a strong didactic component to the Ph.D. program, however it is inherently a research degree and the first year of study is divided between research in various laboratories (rotations) and course work. The following years are devoted, almost exclusively, to a novel research project culminating in publications in international journals and an original Ph.D. dissertation. On average, our students complete the program in approximately 5 years.

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Learn about the application process and requirements. Our application deadline is December 1st every year.

How to Apply


Find the degree requirements here. On average, our students complete the program in approximately 5 years.


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