T32 Pharmacological Sciences Training Program (PSTP)

The Pharmacological Sciences Training Program (PSTP) is a unique collaboration between the Medical School and the College of Pharmacy that provides synergistic, translational education, research training, and career development with the ultimate goal of preparing our graduates to excel as leaders in the field of experimental therapeutics, both in the academy and in the private sector.

PSTP trainees will develop a strong foundation in basic principles of pharmacology and medicinal chemistry and a broad knowledge of other related basic science disciplines including biochemistry, chemistry, and physiology so that they can ultimately direct cutting-edge research in pharmacology and therapeutics and address scientific questions from multipleperspectives.

Trainees participate in several training activities designed to broaden their experience and training. Activities include participation in: joint seminars, the annual PSTP Symposium, semi-annual Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Career Day, College of Pharmacy Career and Networking Events. All trainees complete a core curriculum in pharmacological sciences consisting of courses in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, statistical analysis, and grant-writing and scientific communication; with other courses designed to fit the programmatic needs of individual students and the degree requirements of the individual departments.

The Pharmacological Sciences Training Program strongly supports the University of Michigan Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as summarized in these principles:

Diversity: We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.

Equity: We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We commit to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, (dis)ability status, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

Inclusion: We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.

Executive Committee

Lori Isom, Ph.D.

Lori L. Isom, Ph.D.

PI/Program Director

Heather Carlson, Ph.D.

Co-PI/Co-Director

Emily Jutkiewicz, Ph.D.

Program Representative- Pharmacology

David Sherman, Ph.D.

Program Representative- Medicinal Chemistry

Patrick O'Brien, Ph.D.

Program Representative- Biological Chemistry

Duxin Sun, Ph.D.

Program Representative- Pharmaceutical Sciences