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Interim Chair: Fang Zhao
Office: WEGPHR 337
Phone: (585) 385-5296

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


Service Trips Defining Experience for Pharmacy Students

Service Trips Defining Experience for Pharmacy Students


This summer, 30 students from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy traveled to Montana, El Salvador, and Honduras for service trips and medical missions that have become a hallmark experience for students. The medical missions and service trips, some of which include clinical rotations, serve as an opportunity for students to experience diverse cultures and communities. Read More

Grant Funds Substance Abuse Screening and Intervention Training for Pharmacy, Nursing, and Mental Health Counseling Students


St. John Fisher College graduate students from three healthcare disciplines will receive interprofessional training in how to best work with patients who require substance abuse screenings, interventions, and referrals to treatment, thanks to a $867,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Read More


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