Pharmacology & Toxicology

Welcome from our Division Head

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Karen Vasquez, Ph.D.
Division Head and Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Thank you for visiting the website of the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Texas at Austin! As the Pharmacology and Toxicology Division Head, it is my privilege to introduce you to our program.

The University of Texas Pharmacology and Toxicology/Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD program is among the top in the country, with 16 faculty and 29 graduate students. With an emphasis in environmental and molecular mechanisms of health and disease, we aim to identify the mechanisms involved in disease etiology to apply this knowledge to develop improved strategies to prevent and/or treat human disorders. Our focus is on neurological and developmental disorders, addiction, and cancer. Our outstanding faculty have won multiple prestigious awards for their research in the areas of DNA damage and repair, cancer etiology and prevention, addiction and neurotoxicity, neuroimmunology, and neuroendocrinology, and generate ~$8,000,000 per year in grant funding to support research. Our students receive a competitive stipend with paid tuition and health insurance, and they customize their coursework according to their research interests.

We are proud to be an inclusive and diverse community located in the heart of Austin (ranked #1 most livable city in the country). Fellowships and professional development opportunities are available along with financial support for travel to conferences. The mission of the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology is to train the next generation of scientists through excellence in research, education, and service. Our research interests span both fundamental and translational mechanisms of drug action, neuropharmacology of addiction, DNA repair and genetic instability, cancer biology, and environmental factors that contribute to disease. We share a common vision of applying new discoveries to the development of improved strategies to prevent and/or treat human disorders.

What starts here changes the world!

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Office Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Pharmacology & Toxicology
College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin
107 W. Dean Keeton Stop C0875
BME 3.510
Austin, TX, USA  78712
Phone: +1 512-471-5158

Graduate Coordinator Contact Information

PHR 4.220A
Phone: +1 512 471 6590