Program Overview

The Pharmacological Sciences program at Mount Sinai aims to provide rigorous interdisciplinary pre-doctoral training in the fundamental mechanisms that control physiological and pathophysiological processes and drug action. It is the goal of this program to provide educational activities and research training that connect the basic mechanistic findings to therapeutic modalities including identification of drug targets and development of lead therapeutic compounds. 

The training program seeks to achieve in-depth training coupled with a broad perspective that equips the students to incorporate emerging new areas throughout their careers. The program also seeks to create a learning environment that promotes independent thinking and individual analytical skills, while fostering the ability to work in collaborative learning and research environments. The program combines a core of integrated didactic training in Systems Biology of Disease and Therapeutics that provides grounding in core principles of biochemistry, structural biology, genetics, cellular and molecular biology within a context of physiology and disease pathophysiology. Computational and modeling approaches to systems problems at various scales, to large data sets and to epidemiological problems are introduced throughout, together with support that enables students with different entering levels of quantitative skills to succeed. 

The curriculum uses an integrated active learning approach both to basic and advanced courses and is enhanced by pedagogical features that prepare students for features of their future careers such as peer evaluation and diverse presentation formats. The research projects provide opportunities for the students to tackle important problems in diverse areas of biomedicine that have strong pharmacological and/or systems biology interfaces and translational potential. 

The interdisciplinary and translational training environment and the structure of the program foster the entry of our trainees into independent scientific careers. Our program has recruited outstanding students who were attracted to Mount Sinai because of its excellence and expanding opportunities for cutting edge interactions across traditional disciplines, the strong mentoring environment and strong commitment to student training. The program is supported by a training grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (T32 GM062754).


Program Director

Dr. Terry A. Krulwich is the Sharon & Frederick A. Klingenstein-Nathan G. Kase, MD Professor, Program Director of the Mount Sinai Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program and of the Predoctoral Integrated Pharmacological Sciences Training Program. She is also the Education and Outreach Core Director for the Systems Biology Center New York.

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Terry A. Krulwich, PhD
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