Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery

Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery is comprised of those disciplines that are involved with dosage forms in pharmaceutical practice. Sub-disciplines within the division include: 1) Formulation Science in which physics and chemistry are used to prepare effective dosage forms, 2) Biopharmaceutics in which the interactions between the dosage form, itself, and various biological factors in the persons taking the dosage form are studied, and 3) Pharmacokinetics in which the time course of drugs in the body and the factors influencing the time course are studied analytically and mathematically.

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Division Research

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While students choose one particular area of pharmaceutical research, they will be exposed to many other aspects of the pharmaceutical sciences in order to round out their educational experience. Distinguished faculty in the division supervise their program of study and their research experiences.  Learn more about Dr. Feng Zhang’s research.

Spotlight on Success

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The Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery is proud to recognize the accomplishments of one of our recent graduates, Javier O. Morales, Ph.D. (2012; McConville/Williams). Dr. Morales recently hosted two graduate student workshops at the University of Chile titled “Formulating Poorly Water Soluble Drugs” and “Publishing Strategies for Pharmaceutical Scientists.” He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology at the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Chile and an Associate Researcher in the Advanced Center for Chronic Diseases (ACCDiS). Dr. Morales received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (2006) and a Professional Degree in Pharmacy (2007) at the University of Chile; and his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin (2012), after which he joined the faculty at the University of Chile (2013).

Career Opportunities

Short-term post-doctoral positions are available to pharmaceutics graduates but are not routinely pursued as in many other disciplines. Graduates from our program typically progress directly to permanent positions in academia as well as pharmaceutical in dustry and regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration.

Ph.D. Graduate Program

Degree Requirements

Graduate degrees are awarded for the student’s demonstration of mastery of a selected field and independent scholarship therein. The program of study is tailored to best suit each student’s interests and professional goals while maintaining the standards established by the student’s supervisory committee and the division. Each student is required to select at least 18 hours from a list of “core” courses in pharmaceutics, physical chemistry, general chemistry, mathematics and statistics. Additional coursework is encouraged.

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Following completion of the core course requirements, the student takes a written candidacy examination authored by all members of the student’s examining committee. Typically, the examining committee consists of the same members as the supervisory committee. The student also submits to his supervisory committee a written proposal describing the proposed dissertation/thesis research and then presents the proposal in an oral proposal defense.

The core course requirements, the written candidacy examination, the written research proposal, and the oral proposal defense constitute the Ph.D. candidacy requirements within the Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Division. The degree requirements include the candidacy requirements plus preparation and oral defense of a dissertation (Ph.D.) based upon original research. Successful completion of the Ph.D. candidacy requirements must be accomplished at least one year prior to the date of the dissertation defense. Visit the degree requirements page for details about the curriculum and division-specific requirements.

Eligibility & Admissions

Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline such as pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry or a biological science. This training should include coursework in each of the following: one year each of physical chemistry, organic chemistry, a biological or pharmaceutical science and calculus.

Additional details about eligibility and admissions can be found on the Research & Graduate Studies site.

Video Highlights

Eminent pharmaceutical scientists explore their experiences in developing research contributions that lead to the evolution of pharmaceutical technologies and pharmaceutics in general. Jim Doluisio, Ph.D. (2013)

Game Changer Janet Walkow, Ph.D., discusses drug development at The University of Texas at Austin.

Division Head

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    Robert O. (Bill) Williams III, Ph.D.

    Division Head and Professor of Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery
    Johnson & Johnson Centennial Chair in Pharmacy
    Editor-in-chief, AAPS PharmSciTech

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