Molecular and Systems Pharmacology Graduate Program at Emory University

About the Program

The Molecular and Systems Pharmacology graduate program offers broad training in the biomedical sciences for students interested in learning how the drugs of today work and how the novel therapeutics of tomorrow can be developed.

The program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in disease processes and an understanding of how these mechanisms are translated into therapeutic strategies.

Moreover, the program also provides students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in laboratory research and explore theory through collaboration with faculty members engaged in cutting-edge research on topics ranging from basic science to translational medicine.

The Ph.D. training in this graduate program enables students to develop the skills required to conduct independent research on complex topics related to molecular and systems pharmacology. The program emphasizes training in both experimental and computational approaches to drug discovery.

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MSP research provides instruction on current theories in the field of pharmacology, including advances in understanding how drugs interact with biological systems at the molecular level, namely with:

Cancer Pharmacology 

Research at the Winship Cancer Center, combining cutting-edge research with patient treatment


Research at the Emory Primate Research Center, which is world-renowned for research on addiction & neurodegeneration

Infectious Disease

Research, as close proximity to CDC has helped to make Emory a leader in anti-viral research, especially anti-HIV work

Other areas of strength include Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Inflammation, Toxicology, Chemical Biology, and Structural Biology of drug targets.


Emory University's Molecular & Systems Pharmacology Graduate Program faculty are committed to providing students with an education that will inspire a lifelong dedication to their discipline. They are experts in their fields and are focused on advancing their research while also ensuring that their students have access to cutting-edge research techniques and a dynamic learning environment. To that end, they will work with students one-on-one to help them develop a plan for their future and make connections in the field that will be beneficial long after graduation.

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MSP graduates are highly sought after by employers in various industries, including pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology firms, and government agencies. They work as researchers, laboratory managers, and technical specialists in the industry and pursue independent research careers at universities or medical schools.

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Life at Emory & Atlanta

Life at Emory University is one of the most exciting and intellectually stimulating experiences you could ask for.

A diverse, inclusive community welcomes students and faculty from all over the world. You'll find plenty of opportunities to get involved in campus life—and many resources available that will help you thrive as an Emory student.

The university has consistently ranked among the top 20 institutions nationally for NIH research support and was named one of the "New Ivies" by Newsweek—a tribute to both its academic excellence, as well as dedication to teaching.

Our faculty members are some of the most distinguished scholars in their fields and work closely with undergraduate students on research projects, independent study courses, or senior thesis projects.

Located just 6 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, Emory's 704-acre campus is in a beautifully wooded area that offers students a peaceful environment to study but also provides easy access to Atlanta's bustling cultural scene.

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