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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:


August 13, 2015: Dr. Brian Johnson, PTX Faculty member, was mentioned in the College of Ag Newsletter as one of the UC Davis Hellman Fellows.

Dr. Brian Johnson

March 26, 2015: Dr. Roslyn Rivkah Isseroff, PTX Faculty member, was mentioned in the UCDMC Newsletter and the University of California News as the co-PI of the $5M grant award from California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

Dr. Brian Johnson


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.