Pharmaceutical Sciences & Drug Development

 

BMS Faculty in Pharmaceutical Sciences & Drug Development

 

Faculty Contact: Vivian Hook

The Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Development (PSDD) Training Area is a unique joint effort between the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS), the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), the Protein Data Bank (PDB), the Center for Drug Discovery Innovation (cDDI), the UC San Diego Drug Development Pipeline, the Center for Compound Resources, the Center for Computer-Aided Drug Design, with programs of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, the UC San Diego School of Engineering, and related. The overall goal of this training area is to provide students with a visionary perspective on the drug discovery and development process.

Graduate education in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Development (PSDD) provides training in research strategies in the design and development of novel therapeutic agents to improve human life in disease and health. The PSDD training area will provide translational sciences research training that bridges basic sciences and clinical research for the purpose of addressing the world’s challenges in unmet therapeutic needs to improve human lives. Research in pharmaceutical sciences encompasses multi-faceted, interdisciplinary drug development research in (a) design and discovery of drug molecules targeted to regulators of disease processes, including marine natural products, (b) in vitro and in vivo efficacy of candidate drug therapies, (c) chemical optimization by medicinal chemistry approaches, (d) drug pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics in ADME research based on drug delivery strategies, (e) safety and toxicity of drug molecules, and (f) advanced analytical technologies of drug molecule properties. Graduate students will be trained in these disciplines through a complete curriculum and state-of-the-art research strategies for drug development. Faculty of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) and the BMS program will train students in the area of PSDD. PSDD training will provide students with exciting opportunities in the professional field to become leaders in academic, government, private industry, biotechnology, and related areas to advance innovative drug development via pharmaceutical sciences research.

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First Year Required Core Courses

 

Electives

Principles in Pharmaceutical Sciences & Drug Development A, B (SPPS, 3 units each)

Quarter Course Number Course Title Units
SPPS Principles in Pharmaceutical Sciences & Drug Development A 3
SPPS Principles in Pharmaceutical Sciences & Drug Development B 3

 

Highly Recommended Electives

Quarter Course Number Course Title Units
SPPS 247-249 Principles of Pharmacology and Physiology (PPP) 3
SPPS 226 Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics 3
SPPS 273 Drug Discovery, Development, Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacoeconomics 3

 

Other Electives

Quarter Course Number Course Title Units
SPPS 219 Pharmacogenomics 2
SPPS 222 Pharmaceutical and Physical Chemistry 3
SPPS 223 Pharmaceutical Biochemistry 3
SPPS 224 Biopharmaceutics 3
SPPS 269 Systems Mass Spectrometry 2
SPPS 281 Medicinal Aspects of Natural Products 2

 

Additional Courses

Seminars in Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Medicinal Chemistry (SPPS; 2 units)

Seminar topics include: (a) design of drug molecules targeted to disease mechanisms (b) efficacy of drug candidate in vitro and in vivo (c) chemical optimization by medicinal chemistry (d) drug pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics in ADME research (e) safety and toxicity of drug candidates (f) advanced analytical & computational technologies, and (g) related.

Workshop Research Electives (SPPS; 2 units)

Workshop topics include: molecular modeling of drug-target interactions, receptor- ligand binding kinetics, assay development and high throughput drug screening, fluorescence imaging in pharmaceutical sciences, analytical technologies.