We're looking for future scientists who want to take a step off the sidelines and immerse themselves in research that will change the course of health care from cancer to cardiovascular disease.

PD student researcher

The department of pharmacodynamics specializes in understanding drug action across a range of conditions. Momentum may be a term best associated with physics, but in our department the trajectory of growth is benefitting all of our student trainees. Since 2016, we’ve doubled the size of our faculty and have recruited researchers from across the country to join our team. These award-winning scientists welcome graduate students as contributors and partners in the pursuit of scientific discoveries.

All students accepted into our Ph.D. program receive a nationally competitive stipend and full tuition coverage. Our students find that Gainesville, Florida offers a quality of life unmatched in many college towns, with year round activities outdoors and cultural programs that enrich time away from school.

Give us four to five years and we will give you the training to land your first job in academia, industry or wherever your career interests take you — with a degree in hand from one of the nation’s Top 5 ranked pharmacy colleges.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for funding opportunities and an admissions interview, the College of Pharmacy highly encourages all applications to be completed and submitted no later than December 1, 2020 for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle.

Why Apply

  • Do you want to train under federally funded faculty? All 11 of our tenure-track faculty have federal grants.
  • Do you want to earn a competitive stipend and have your tuition paid? Stipends for graduate research assistants with a B.S. start at $31,000. Those with a Pharm.D. are eligible for additional funding. In addition, all students receive a tuition waver.
  • Do you want to join a research team at the forefront of understanding drug action across a range of conditions? Our faculty are developing new treatments to address the nation’s opioid epidemic and address substance abuse. Other scientists are studying the neurological response to stress and novel therapies for neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
  • Do you want a degree from one of America’s top-ranked pharmacy colleges? U.S. News & World Report ranks the UF College of Pharmacy among the Top 5 programs nationally. When you graduate as a Gator, a world of opportunity awaits thanks to the high quality of your UF education.


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Find Your Research Interest

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Faculty study drug action at the molecular, physiological and behavioral levels across normal and disease states, with interests in:

  • Cancer
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Pain
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • And many more

Explore Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is meant to challenge you. It’s rigorous, but the training will prepare you for a lifetime of knowledge and success in your career.

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions whether our department is the right fit for you? If so, we have prepared a list of frequently asked questions that we often receive.


Ph.D. Program Questions