Pharmacology And Toxicology : Overview

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Contact Information

School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
102 Farber Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3000

Phone: 716.829.2800
Fax: 716.829.2801
Web Address:
James R. Olson, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
13 Cary Hall
Margarita L. Dubocovich


Pharmacology, simply defined, is the study of the interaction of drugs with living systems. This subject has a fascinating history and continues to be relevant in modern times. Pharmacology deals with a number of questions, for example: What is the molecular site of action? What are the changes caused by a drug in the normal function of tissues and organs? What is the relationship between the dose of a drug and its effect? How do drugs produce their effects? What happens to drugs once they enter the body? Since a drug is traditionally defined as a chemical that interacts with living systems, this subject has a very broad relevance from its obvious importance in the diagnosis and treatment of disease to the impact of abused substances or environmental chemicals on health. Students in the department are encouraged to do research projects with the faculty who have interdisciplinary research interests in neuropharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, toxicology, pharmacogenomics & toxicogenomics.

The broad academic background provides students with a wide array of career opportunities. Many graduates enter medical or dental schools or pursue graduate studies in pharmacology or other biochemical sciences. Pharmacology graduates find employment in technical, production/analytical, or sales positions as research scientists or drug information specialists in the pharmaceutical industry, government, university laboratories, and hospitals. Students have also pursued careers in law and management following completion of their BS degree in pharmacology.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:56 EST