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Preprofessional Opportunities

Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: Nashville Tennessee
Deadline: Early February


Karen Gieg, Graduate Education Program Coordinator

Vanderbilt University, Department of Pharmacology
451 Preston Research Building
Nashville, TN 37232-6600

(615) 322-1182
Fax: (615) 936-3910


# Students should have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students should have a strong desire to pursue an advanced degree (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) The Program is open to all. Students of an underrepresented ethnic background (African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American) are strongly encouraged to apply.


The Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center invites undergraduate students to perform research during the summer at Vanderbilt University. The objective of this program is to introduce students to biomedical research, and to help them gain an understanding of recent advances in pharmacological research through interactions with various faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students within the department. Research in the Department of Pharmacology currently emphasizes the following areas:


  • Receptor identification, structural elucidation and signal transduction
  • Structure-function of ligand-operated and voltage-gated ion channels
  • Arachidonic acid metabolism and cellular regulation by novel arachidonic acid metabolites
  • Control of protein function by phosphorylation/dephosphorylation
  • Regulation of gene expression
  • Genetic and molecular biological analysis of signal transduction pathways
  • Cell-cell communication
  • Neural or cardiovascular development and differentiation
  • Cardiovascular pharmacology
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Genetic basis of inherited disease
  • Regulation of neurotransmitter release and synaptic events