Curriculum

Integrative Physiology & Pharmacology Ph.D. Program at Wake Forest University


Wake Forest University Graduate School » Integrative Physiology & Pharmacology Ph.D. Program

August

            MCB 700 – Analytical Techniques (1 credit)

A 2 week course in biochemical techniques including overviews of statistics, data analysis, cell culture, microscopy, protein purification, immunological techniques, analyzing DNA, studying gene expression, high throughput technologies, bioinformatics

            Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research (required by the Graduate School)

A one week course covers various topics including scientific integrity and the responsible conduct of research.

Students interview various IPP faculty members conducting research of interest to the student, to identify a laboratory for rotation 1.

 

Fall Semester

            IPP 715 – Physiological techniques (2 credits)

A 4 week course introducing the techniques used to assess physiological parameters by a combination of lectures and demonstrations.

            IPP 701 – Principles of Pharmacology (3 credits)

The first required course for IPP students introduces the basic principles of physiology and pharmacology and the cellular, ADME principles (administration, distribution, metabolism, elimination), pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics (receptors and signal transduction).

    MCB 701 – Biochemistry/cell/molecular biology (6 credits)

The basic course in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology composed of 5 blocks of material:

Block 1 – Protein structure, enzyme kinetics, membrane structure

Block 2 – Lipid, carbohydrate and purine/pyrimidine synthesis, TCA cycle/electron transport

Block 3 – DNA replication/repair, genetics

Block 4 – Gene regulation, RNA processing, bioinformatics and genomics

Block 5 – Protein transport, sorting, cytoskeleton, cell signaling

IPP 703 – Seminar (1 credit)

Students attend seminars by upper-class IPP students and provide a written critique of a journal article of their choice. 

IPP 705 – Journal Club (1 credit)

Students participate in a journal club of their choice as well as attend a required number of seminars by faculty/outside speakers. 

IPP 797 – Research (1 credit)

During laboratory rotation 1, students work in the laboratory of a faculty member of their choice, to begin to identify a laboratory in which to complete their dissertation research.

GRAD 714 – Scientific Professionalism: Scientific Integrity (1 credit)

Students attend a discussion course on Friday afternoons, once per month, to discuss topics related to scientific professionalism and integrity.

 

Spring Semester

IPP 702 – Systems Physiology and Pharmacology (6 credits)

The second required course for IPP students is composed of five blocks of physiology and pharmacology including neurophysiology & neuropharmacology (Block 1), cardiovascular physiology & physiology (Block 2), pulmonary & renal systems (Block 3), endocrine physiology & pharmacology (Block 4) and gastrointestinal & regenerative physiology (Block 5). 

    IPP 703 – Seminar (1 credit)

Students attend seminars by upper-class IPP students and present a short seminar describing their research.

IPP 705 – Journal Club (1 credit)

Students participate in a journal club of their choice as well as attend a required number of seminars by faculty/outside speakers. 

IPP 797 – Research (1 or 2 credits)

During laboratory rotation(s) 2 (and 3), students work in the laboratory of a faculty member of their choice, to continue to identify a laboratory in which to complete their dissertation research.

GRAD 714 – Scientific Professionalism: Scientific Integrity (1 credit)

Students attend a discussion course on Friday afternoons, once per month, to discuss topics related to scientific professionalism and integrity.