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The Graduate Group in Pharmacology and Toxicology (PTX) at the University of California, Davis, is an interdisciplinary program that combines coursework and experimental training in modern approaches to pharmacological and toxicological problems. The group is comprised of more than 80 faculty members from the School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Biological Sciences. Areas of research span fundamental and translational research in a broad spectrum of areas within pharmacology and toxicology, including cardiovascular pharmacology, cancer therapeutics, neuropharmacology, drug discovery and design, neurotoxicology, pulmonary toxicology and environmental toxicology. Students complete core courses in pharmacology and toxicology and carry out research rotations during their first year of study. The program offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, and all Ph.D. students receive financial support.

What is special about UC Davis PTX?

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Here's what UC Davis PTX students had to say when asked what their favorite aspects of the PTX program are:


Professor Paul Henderson and Postdoctoral Fellow Maike Zimmermann Win First Place in Big Bang Poster Contest

Congratulations to Professor Paul Henderson and his postdoctoral fellow Maike Zimmermann for coming in first place out of twelve teams in the Big Bang Poster Contest! Their poster showcased their proposed company, OOMNI INC., which uses small-molecule add-on drugs for potentiation of chemotherapy regimen while reducing side effects. Both Dr. Henderson and Zimmermann work in the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine, Hematology/oncology Division. 

More information about Dr. Henderson and his lab can be found here



Check out the PTX calendar to see seminars for PTX, T32 trainee grants, pharmacology and more!

Incoming students:  you can receive credit for attending PTX seminar series.  Ask about getting credit when you sign up for classes! Contact Judy Erwin for info gjerwin@ucdavis.edu

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The Pharmacology and Toxicology (PTX) graduate group is dedicated to promoting diversity by actively encouraging membership of students and faculty of diverse cultural backgrounds, identities and experiences. PTX promotes mentorship, leadership, teaching and research that integrates diverse experiences and philosophies to enrich and expand the educational experience and research accomplishments of its members. Collaboration between faculty and students across departmental boundaries not only creates equal opportunities in Pharmacology and Toxicology, but also engages a diverse scientific community.