The goal of the graduate training program in Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience is to provide the skills necessary for the graduate to pursue an independent career in biomedical research at a university, research institute, hospital, government agency, or in industry.  The program provides graduate training through advanced courses, participation in seminars and national meetings, and the preparation of grant proposals.  Hands-on laboratory research is emphasized at all stages of the program.


The graduate program in Pharmacology emphasizes training in research design and implementation to prepare students for challenging careers in academia, industry or government. The graduate program consists of classroom coursework, seminar presentations and independent research. During the first year of graduate study, each student rotates through three laboratories to gain research experience and to become acquainted with faculty research interests. Students complete core courses in biochemistry, cell biology, physiology and pharmacology. Students gain oral communication and data evaluation experience through active participation in seminars and journal club. After completing the first year of study, students choose between a toxicology or neuroscience program of study and take advanced courses in these areas. Following completion of the core curriculum and the Qualifying Examinations, students submit a dissertation research proposal that they defend before their advisory committees. Conducting the dissertation research project and preparing the Ph.D. dissertation are the most important aspects of our training program.


Journal club

Student-led journal clubs in pharmacology, toxicology, and neuroscience allow students and research staff to present and discuss new concepts and research findings from the most recent biomedical literature. For a copy of the latest article and Fall 2019 Journal Club schedule, please email


Faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students meet regularly to discuss research findings and new developments in pharmacology, toxicology and neuroscience. Seminar speakers include students and faculty from the department, invited faculty from LSUHSC-S departments and scientific experts from outside the institution. Click here for a copy of the full Spring 2019 Seminar Schedule


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:


Nicholas E. Goeders, PhD
Graduate Student Recruiter
Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience
Phone: (318) 675-7850


Ty Martinez
Academic Coordinator
Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience
Phone: (318) 675-7851


2020 Graduate Students in Pharmacology

Graduate Program

Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience