Integrative Pharmacology Sciences Training Program (IPSTP)

What is it?

The IPSTP is an interdisciplinary training program, available to Ph.D. students in 7 Ph.D. programs, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Material Science, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience, and Physiology.  Students will focus on study in two unique areas of research, in vivo pharmacology approaches  and drug discovery. Trainees choose a research mentor from among 45 training faculty in the seven participating programs.  The program prepares graduate students for a successful research career as a pharmacological science professional. State of the art research facilities are available to all trainees. Core facilities include those for: Flow Cytometry, Bioinformatics, DNA and protein synthesis and sequencing, Genomics, Mass Spectrometry, Proteomics and Electron & Confocal Microscopy.

What does the program do?

This program provides 2 years of stipend and tuition support to select trainees. Travel and enrichment funds are also available to trainees.

What should the trainees do?

Trainees enroll in core courses and laboratory rotations during their first year in the umbrella program . Trainees are then eligible for program support as 2nd and 3rd year Ph.D. students if they choose a training faculty member as their research mentor.

Required courses/workshops

  • Two pharmacology courses (PHM 801; PHM 802)
  • One Biostatistics course (PHM 830)
  • 2 weeklong long bootcamps on in vivo pharmacology and drug discovery
  • 2 professional development courses
  • Quantitative Modeling workshop
  • Monthly forum
  • Monthly journal club
  • annual retreat
  • Fellowship workshop and mock study session

Optional short-term internships are available to all trainees in an in-house contract laboratory facility.