Four lab members working in the Mark Farrell research group laboratory

Departmental Research

The KU School of Pharmacy is 17th among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding, and has been in the top 20 for more than 20 years.

Explore the links below to learn about the innovative research taking place in our distinguished departments. 

 Medicinal Chemistry

Discovery and development of new natural or synthetic organic compounds of biomedical utility is a critical component of medicinal chemical research.

Faculty research areas in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry include synthetic and medicinal chemistry, biochemistry and petptide chemistry, and natural products chemistry.

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 Pharmaceutical Chemistry

The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry is home to some of the nation's most respected pharmaceutical researchers.

The department offers a broad range of research projects for both graduate and undergraduate students, ranging from traditional pharmaceutics to biotechnology.

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 Pharmacology & Toxicology

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology combines world-class faculty with cutting-edge research to prepare students to teach, pursue a career in research or both.

Faculty research areas in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology include neuropharmacology, neurodegenerative diseases, and synaptic function.

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 Pharmacy Practice

Faculty members in the Department of Pharmacy Practice use modern scientific approaches to address questions critical to the expanding role of pharmacists in the evolving healthcare system.

Current projects span the basic pharmaceutical sciences, clinical trials, outcomes research, health services research, and educational research.

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The Neuroscience program prepares students to practice research at a university,  a pharmaceutical/ biotechnology company or a government laboratory.

Faculty research areas in the Neuroscience Program include molecular and cellular neurobiology, organism-based neurophysiology, behavioral neurobiology, and cognitive neuroscience.

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