Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience

What is Pharmacology?
Pharmacology is a biomedical science devoted to studying the mechanisms and effects of drug action. Elucidating these mechanisms requires an understanding of the various basic and biomedical sciences, such as chemistry and biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy, and physiology. The study of pharmacology is unique, in that pharmacologists use drugs and other chemicals to explore complex cellular and subcellular processes not previously understood. For more information on pharmacology, please browse the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics website.

Graduate study in pharmacology emphasizes training in research design and implementation to prepare students for challenging careers in industry, government, and academia.


Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are vast within the field of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience. Many of our recent graduates have progressed to work as research scientists in academia and in the pharmaceutical industry, forensic toxicologists, university faculty, patent attorneys and biomedical engineers. Our program offers an enrichment series that familiarizes students with career paths and opportunities, and provides the tools to successfully navigate graduate school and beyond.

We also offer many research opportunities for high school, undergraduate, and medical students.

Graduate Program Information

Learn more about our graduate program in Pharmacology. The application period for the fall of 2023 will open September 2022. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2023. View our admission requirements here.





Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience
LSU Health Shreveport
1501 Kings Highway
P.O. Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932
Phone: (318) 675-7850
Fax: (318) 675-7857

For information about our graduate program or summer internship programs, please contact:

Xiaohong Lu, PhD
Graduate Student Recruiter
Phone: (318) 675-4276

Ty Martinez, MBA
Academic Coordinator
Phone: (318) 675-7851

Latest News

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KSLA12 - Researchers and scientists who have been working with LSU Health Shreveport doctors to further their education finished out their summer program on Friday, July 29. Each of these students spent the past eight weeks practicing with with state-of-the-art equipment and resources under the leadership of their certified mentors and educators.

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LSU Office of Research - While almost all research on addiction to stimulants (such as meth and cocaine) remains focused on dopamine and the body’s pleasure-and-reward system, a researcher at LSU Health Shreveport, Nicholas Goeders, took a different approach. Instead of reward, he looked at stress.

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Nicholas Goeders, PhD, LSUHS faculty and internationally renowned expert, appointed to JanOne Scientific Advisory Board

PRNewswire — JanOne Inc. (Nasdaq: JAN), a company focused on developing treatments for conditions that cause severe pain and drugs with non-addictive, pain-relieving properties, today announced the appointment of Nicholas E. Goeders, Ph.D. to its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Dr. Goeders is considered one of the world’s leaders on the role of stress in drug addiction.

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Louisiana State University Health Shreveport (LSUHS) strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that supports equity, acceptance, and respect for the differences in others. The institution is committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling its mission by utilizing the rich talents of individuals who contribute different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the work and learning environment and who reflect the varied populations of Louisiana. As such, the institution adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. LSUHS is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.


Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience

Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience