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Chair: Christine Birnie
Office: WEGPHR 317
Phone: (585) 385-7202

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Pharmaceutical Sciences are a group of interdisciplinary areas of study involved with the design, action, delivery, disposition, and use of drugs. This field draws on many areas of basic and applied science such as chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, and engineering.

The Pharmaceutical Sciences are generally divided into the following subdivisions:

  • Pharmacology: the study of the biochemical and physiological effects of drugs on organisms
  • Pharmacodynamics: the study of the cellular and molecular interactions of drugs with their receptors
  • Toxicology: the study of the harmful or toxic effects of drugs
  • Pharmacokinetics: the study of the factors that control the concentration of drug at various sites in the body
  • Pharmaceutics: the study and design of drug dosage forms for optimal delivery, stability, pharmacokinetics, and patient acceptance
  • Medicinal Chemistry: the study of drug design to optimize the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and synthesis of new drug candidates
  • Pharmacogenomics: the study of the inheritance of characteristic patterns of interaction between drugs and organisms

As a team, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences promotes a passion for learning and scholarship demonstrated through a commitment to community partnership and student mentoring.

Teaching: Building a Strong Science Background

Faculty of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences are responsible for all of the basic science courses taught in the first 3 years of the Pharm.D. curriculum.

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Research: Contributions to the Knowledge of Science

Since its inception, the department has been continuously successful in obtaining outside funding to support the research and scholarship of both faculty and students.

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Service: A Commitment to the Community

The department is actively engaged in community partnerships aimed at providing students and the global community with unique learning opportunities and solutions to today's health care problems.

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Faculty: A Multidisciplinary Integrated Team

Engaged in a variety of educational, research, service, and advisory projects, the faculty of the department represent the disciplines of pharmaceutics, molecular pharmacology, cell biology, immunology, toxicology, and medicinal chemistry.

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Pharmaceutical Sciences News


Pharmacy Faculty, Students Complete Pune Medical Mission

Pharmacy Faculty, Students Complete Pune Medical Mission


Right after the start of 2014, Associate Professor Dr. Christine Birnie, who spent last semester in India as a Fulbright Scholar, welcomed Stephanie Donlon and Eileen Huang, P4 students in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, along with seven other medical professionals from the Rochester community to Pune, India to complete another medical mission. Read More

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy Class of 2017 Receives White Coats in Weekend Ceremony

The Wegmans School of Pharmacy Class of 2017 Receives White Coats in Weekend Ceremony


The Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College held a white coat ceremony on Sunday, January 12, to officially mark the entrance of the Class of 2017 into the profession. Read More


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