The department is a vibrant and exciting place. Our active research programs are bringing in over $8M in NIH grant support this year which is a real achievement in the current NIH funding climate. Much of it comes in large team-science projects which look to be the wave of the future of NIH and science funding. A creative approach to graduate education includes substantial on-line Masters programs. Also, the PhD curriculum has just been redone with both traditional as well as “flipped” classroom teaching models. A very active student association keeps the department lively (a recent example was the Halloween chili cook-off and pumpkin carving contest).
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One significant initiative is a new Drug Discovery program supported by an Assay Development/Drug Repurposing core facility. This will complement the strong existing departmental cores (microscopy, molecular biology, tissue culture, animal surgery, etc.) as well as In Vivo Facility which already provides expertise and resources for preclinical drug-testing and industry contacts. The new core will be available to Pharm/Tox faculty members and others across campus as well. We will bring together faculty and students from multiple departments with interests in drug discovery.