Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology


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The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology has a distinguished history for providing the best in graduate and medical education. Our faculty is engaged in cutting-edge research spanning many areas such as dermatology, metabolism, immunology, cell biology, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. Our curriculum is firmly rooted in the areas of leadership, research techniques, and translational medicine.

Educational Mission

The educational mission of our 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. Our department offers master’s degree tracks in traditional laboratory-based thesis research, leadership/administration, and clinical trials, as well as a dual-degree option with the M.D. program. Our graduates have been successful at obtaining positions in academia, military, and private industry.

Research Mission

The research foci of the department are:

  1. Pharmacology of disease pathogenesis and treatment – hypertension, diabetes, stroke, pain, neurological, cancer, skin conditions and others.
  2. Disease Mechanisms – cellular physiology, cell signaling, ion transport, volume regulation, behavior, mutagenesis, genomic stress responses, and wound healing.
  3. Toxicology – behavioral, immunological, cardiovascular, genotoxicity, and nanoparticles,

The methods used in these experimental approaches are molecular genetics, gene therapy, mass spectroscopy (proteomics), gene microarray expression, integrative cardiovascular biology, confocal microscopy, animal models of disease, and human subjects research.

Some of the facilities available to the faculty and students include our departmental cores: the Proteomics Analysis Laboratory, Preclinical Pharmacology Core, and the Pharmacology Translational Unit, as well as the Laboratory Animal Resources Facility, the Center for Genomics Research, and the Microscopy Core Facility. Research support comes from the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Office of Air Force Research, Department of Defense, and the Veteran’s Administration.

Our department will continue its growth in the coming years with the addition of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and visiting faculty and students.


Equal Opportunity Policy

Wright State University, including Boonshoft School of Medicine and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, provides equal educational opportunity. In its educational policies and practices, the University prohibits discrimination against any person or group on the basis of race, sex (including gender identity/expression), color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, or sexual orientation. This prohibition extends to admissions, housing, financial aid, health care insurance, employment, and all other University services or facilities.

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


Wright State to collaborate with Air Force on testing for COVID-19 antibodies

The study involves researchers from the 711th Human Performance Wing, Courtney Sulentic, an associate professor of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology; and Mateen Rizki, chair of computer science and engineering.

Wright State to offer Clinical Trials Coordination concentration for master’s students

The Clinical Trials Coordination concentration offers a foundation in clinical research focusing on improving global health and protecting the welfare of research participants.

Wright State employees honored for excellence

Wright State University has recognized select staff and faculty members for their vital contributions to the university.
Last edited on 09/25/2020.