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Pharmacodynamics studies as the effects of a drug on biological systems

Welcome to Molecular Pharmacology. Traditionally, pharmacology departments have studied the mechanism of drug action and the hormonal and signaling systems that are the targets of most drugs. Molecular Pharmacology at Einstein continues this tradition, with a strong emphasis on signal transduction and hormone action at the nuclear, cellular and organismic level; the biosynthesis and processing of hormones; the mechanism of drug action and the development of new therapeutics; and the disruption of normal physiology by toxins. 

Graduate training in Molecular Pharmacology exposes student to state of the art methodologies that cover a wide range of approaches, including genetic studies in worms and mice, genome-wide studies of chromatin and gene expression, advanced quantitative imaging, and biophysical studies on purified enzymes. Our research targets important diseases such as diabetes and obesity, cancer, cardiac disease, behavioral disorders, learning and depression, as well as neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. Studies with animal models and human-derived specimens insure that our research is at the forefront of translational science.  

The Department has 19 primary and secondary faculty members as well as 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who participate in all departmental activities.  The highly collaborative nature of investigators within the department, and the school as a whole, creates a broad-based and dynamic scientific environment.  The Department sponsors a seminar series for visiting scientists from other institutions, as well as journal clubs and weekly work-in-progress research meetings. Monthly afternoon  “happy hours” and annual scientific retreats promote scientific and social interactions among the students, fellows and faculty. 

Graduates of the Department of Molecular Pharmacology have earned postdoctoral positions in outstanding laboratories and received prestigious fellowships.  Our graduates have permanent positions in academia, biotechnology / pharmaceutical companies and at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.  We are proud of the accomplishments of our graduates and welcome new students to join us in this exciting age of scientific advances.