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Loeb Fountain photoFounded in 1869 as a state-supported, land-grant university, Purdue is widely recognized as a worldwide leader in scientific research. Indeed, Purdue is one of the top five universities in the country in numbers of Ph.D. degrees awarded in the pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, engineering and agriculture.

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology is one of the three departments comprising the College of Pharmacy.

There are currently over 80 graduate students enrolled in the Department, the vast majority of whom are engaged in studies leading to the Ph.D. degree. The presence of approximately 30 postdoctoral associates and other research staff professionals further enriches the intellectual atmosphere.

Research Areas

Photo of students looking at filmOn-going research in the Department spans a wide variety of fields from the physical sciences to the biological sciences, but always has a molecular basis and an emphasis on disease or medicine. The graduate program offers a diverse range of training experiences that includes molecular mechanisms of drug action; drug target identification, validation and characterization; and drug design, synthesis and evaluation.

The research topics of the Department are categorized in eight research focuses:

Photo of students culturing cellsVarious research groups actively collaborate with groups from departments such as biochemistry, biological sciences, chemical engineering, chemistry, foods and nutrition, horticulture, and physics. In addition, most of our faculty belongs to Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Graduate Program (PULSe), leading to extensive, formalized interactions campus-wide. Graduate students attend research seminars across campus, affording the opportunity to observe firsthand many of the world's foremost researchers.

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology has educated over 700 pharmaceutical scientists who have gone on to perform research at the chemistry-biology interface. Many of these individuals are currently employed in university academic research departments, as well as in drug discovery, regulatory affairs, and administrative roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Some of our alumni are also employed in positions at the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Library of Medicine, and at the National Cancer Institute.

A recent survey showed that PhD scientists in Pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry are well compensated, with starting salaries of up to $90,000 per year.

Facilities and Instrumentation

Photo of students looking at synthesis equipmentThe Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology is located in the Robert E. Heine Pharmacy Building and the Hansen Life Sciences Research Building. Within the department, a wide variety of state-of-the-art instrumentation is available for analytical, radiochemical, biochemical, physiological, cellular and molecular studies. This includes specialized equipment for spectrophotometric, centrifugal, fluorometric, microscopic, chromatographic and isotopic analyses. Graduate students can access freely all the departmental instrumentation resources with one session of equipment training.

Extensive arrays of research facilities are also available on the campus. Some examples are:

The Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences Library maintains a collection of more than 40,000 volumes and subscribes to the major journals and abstracts in all of the College's areas. The Purdue University Library also subscribes an extensive collection of online journals. Interlibrary Loan is also a very convenient way to obtain research articles.

Further Information on the Program

Graduate Program Information from the College of Pharmacy and the University

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