Faculty and students from the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Department of Physiology, and the Graduate Center for Toxicology have joined together to develop an integrated first-year curriculum in the biomedical sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. All entering graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in these programs are now admitted through the Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBS) program, a first-year core curriculum designed to provide integrated training in modern basic sciences.

FIRST YEAR: Integrated Biomedical Sciences Courses

  • IBS-601 Biomolecules and Metabolism (3 credits)
  • IBS-602 Molecular Biology and Genetics (3 credits)
  • IBS-603 Cell Biology and Cell Signaling (3 credits)
  • IBS-606 Physiological Communications (3 credits)
  • IBS-608 Special Topics in Integrated Biomedical Sciences (2 credits)
  • IBS-610 Critical Scientific Readings (1 credit)
  • IBS-611 Practical Statistics (1 credit)
  • TOX-600 Ethics in Scientific Research (1 credit)

A detailed description of these courses can be found on the IBS Curriculum Overview.

Required Courses in the Pharmacology Curriculum:

  • PHA-621 Principles of Drug Action (3 credits) Drs. Piascik & Swanson, Co-Directors
    This course covers the interaction of drugs with pharmacologic receptors, the coupling of these receptors to intracellular signaling cascades, and the techniques used to identify and differentiate receptor subtypes. The factors governing drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion will also be discussed in detail.
  • PHA-622 Molecular Drug Targets & Therapeutics (4 credits) Dr. Weber
    PHA 622 is an advanced course designed to provide graduate students with state of the art information regarding drugs, drug action and targets for drug action. Emphasis will be placed on drugs that interact with the cardiovascular system (PHA 622 section 001), the central nervous system (PHA 622 section 002) , chemotherapeutic and toxicologic agents, (PHA 622 section 003) and immunotherapy and endocrine drugs (PHA 622 section 004).

Advanced Pharmacology Electives:

  • PHA-616 Biology and Therapy of Cancer (3 credits) Dr. Rangnekar, Director
    Cancer biology will be discussed at the molecular, cellular, and organismic level. Emphasis will be placed on aspects of cellular signaling, apoptosis, and the cell cycle which are unique to cancer cells. Same course as MED/MI 616.
  • PHA-617 Physiological Genomics (2 credits) Drs. McClintock & Chen, Co-Directors
    The study of function by global analysis of gene expression. Teaches the concepts, techniques, and functional significance of analyzing gene expression patterns. The technical emphasis is on the design and analysis of DNA microarray experiments.