Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

 

students and professor in the labEducational Mission

The educational mission of the department is related to teaching in the medical, graduate and undergraduate curricula. Teaching excellence is a priority of the department and the faculty put much effort into their lectures and practical science teaching. The programs of study are in the Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Ph.D. programs in Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Sciences. The master's program is a research-based program that recruits students from universities as well as the military and industrial sectors.

Faculty also participate in BioSTAR, the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Biomedical Scholars Training and Research program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, as well as the Biomedical Training for Underrepresented Minorities program, a biomedical research apprenticeship program with universities in Brazil.

Research Mission

The research foci of the department are:

  1. Pharmacology of disease processes – hypertension, diabetes, stroke, pain, neurological and others
  2. Disease Mechanisms – cellular physiology, cell signaling, ion transport, volume regulation, behavior and wound healing
  3. Toxicology – behavioral, immunological, cardiovascular and nanoparticles

The methods used in these experimental approaches are molecular genetics, gene therapy, mass spectroscopy (proteomics), gene microarray expression, integrative cardiovascular biology and confocal microscopy.

Some of the facilities available to the faculty and students are molecular biology, a genomics expression center, a proteome analysis laboratory, an imaging facility, a conference room, student offices and designated space within the Laboratory Animal Resources facility. Research support comes from the NIH, American Heart Association, Office of Air Force Research, Department of Defense, Department of Education, and Colgate Palmolive.

The department will continue its growth in the coming years with the addition of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and visiting faculty and students. There are close ties with the research scientists at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Air Force and Navy Research Laboratories) and Battelle Inc. in West Jefferson, Ohio. Many of these scientists participate in teaching and research programs as adjunct faculty. They have definitely enhanced our toxicological research and training opportunities.


Department Newsletter

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology has started a newsletter to keep our alumni and the Boonshoft School of Medicine and Wright State University apprised of the happenings in the department. This newsletter will be issued three times per year. Each issue will also contain a “Spotlight” section that highlights a faculty colleague or a program. To get on the departmental mailing list to receive an electronic version, or to provide suggestions as to content, please contact Catherine Winslow at catherine.winlsow@wright.edu.


News

David Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.

Varandani Memorial Lecture features David Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.

Mangelsdorf will present "Neuroendocrine Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism by FGF21," on Thursday, April 14, at 2 p.m., in the Gandhi Auditorium of White Hall.
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Wright State experts publish book on weapons of mass psychological destruction

Wright State experts will lecture about their book “Weapons of Mass Psychological Destruction and the People Who Use Them” on Jan. 21 in the Student Union.
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Anita Aperia will present the Earl H. Morris Endowed Lecture

Anita Aperia, professor of pediatrics at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, will give a lecture at Wright State on Oct. 22.
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Last edited on 11/24/2015.