Molecular Pharmacology

Students interested in the biological sciences may want to consider enrolling in a program in molecular pharmacology. Molecular pharmacology is the use of molecular biology techniques to develop solutions to pharmacology questions. Read on to learn more about the field.

Inside Molecular Pharmacology

The discipline of pharmacology looks at drugs in an effort to determine how they actually work in a living organism. Molecular pharmacology uses methods in molecular biology to do this. Molecular biology studies life essential macromolecules, such as nucleic acids and proteins. Generally, students interested in studying molecular pharmacology need knowledge of disciplines like neuroscience, cell biology, immunology and biochemistry.

Current medical conditions involved in molecular pharmacology research include various types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, as well as addiction. Most molecular pharmacology programs are at the graduate and postdoctoral levels and require applicants to have a bachelor's degree in a related field. Curriculum subjects range from drug toxicology and molecular genetics to biological science and pharmacology. Many programs devote a large amount of time to hands-on laboratory research and have a clinical internship component. Students may start their careers by earning a bachelor's in pharmaceutical sciences and possibly obtaining an undergraduate internship in molecular pharmacology.

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