Faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) are recognized leaders in the field of drug discovery and development.

We strive to advance basic, translational, and clinical research across the spectrum of drug discovery and development.

With strengths in structure-based drug design, our expertise in physical, computational, synthetic, and protein chemistry cuts across several centers of excellence in Computer Aided Drug Design, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), and Mass Spectrometry. Innovative research in complex biological systems, proteomics, metabolomics, pharmacogenomics, and therapeutic engineering seeks to develop targeted innovative medicines and devices to improve human health. Optimization of therapeutic dosing regimens is the goal of our concentrated efforts in pharmacokinetics, pharmacometrics and drug delivery, including nanotechnology. Interdisciplinary research in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Engineering is the primary focus of the Bio- and Nano-technology Center.

Learn More About Research in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

In this four-minute video, Paul Shapiro, PhD, professor and former chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Pharmacy, provides an overview of the wide array of research activities within the department.

Research conducted in the department is interdisciplinary, and researchers have access to state-of-the-art facilities.

Our current research areas include medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, cellular and molecular biology, computational chemistry, biophysics, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacometrics, pharmacokinetics, drug formulation, drug transport and delivery, industrial pharmaceutical resarch, and translational and regulatory sciences.

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