The Department of
Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina
University is pleased that you have shown an interest in our graduate program.
Through this educational program, the department prepares students to begin a
career related to studying the biological actions of chemicals. Our goal in
this process is to provide students the necessary skills and background to
become independent research scientists. Recognizing that many alternative
careers also exist for graduates, we strive to provide a breadth of exposure
and direction that permits students to contribute effectively and successfully
in many other types of employment opportunities.
Modern research in the
pharmacological and toxicological sciences involves the application of
experimental technologies brought from a variety of different disciplines
including biophysics, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular and cellular biology,
physiology and clinical medicine to develop a better understanding of agent
action, physiological function and dysfunction. The faculty members of the
department have diverse backgrounds and are actively involved in research efforts
in the broad areas of: cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology, neurotoxicology,
pulmonary pharmacology and toxicology, environmental toxicology and
immunotoxicology. We believe that the training opportunities that exist in the
department provide an integrative exposure to the disciplines of pharmacology
and toxicology that enable graduates to be successful.
I would encourage you
to examine the information provided about the institution, the department, the
students and our faculty. I hope that your tour will also enable you to gain a
perspective on the enthusiasm that we have toward biomedical research and the
excitement we feel about participating in a discipline that exists at the
interface between basic and clinical science. If your tour sparks the same
level of interest, please be encouraged to inquire further about the
opportunities for training in the department.
David A. Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair