"My fellow graduate students are the most brilliant and creative people I know. Although we tackle different challenges in drug development, I love that we all share a common spirit to explore, create, and execute new scientific approaches in the hopes of advancing health care and medicine."
— Katerina Chua, PhD student, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Pharmacogenomics

The Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics (PSPG) program educates students to address the major questions in the pharmaceutical sciences, teaches them the basic sciences needed to address these questions, and creates an environment where they can develop into independent and creative scientific problem solvers. This multidisciplinary graduate program has a dual focus on pharmaceutical sciences – including molecular and systems pharmacology, drug development and delivery, therapeutic bioengineering, and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics – and pharmacogenomics, the application of genetics and genomics to drug action and disposition.

Large multidisciplinary research projects, focusing on membrane transporter pharmacogenetics and quantitative systems pharmacology, provide students with cross-disciplinary training in pharmacology, human genetics, and computational biology.


More than 60 faculty members are associated with the PSPG program across more than 20 departments at UCSF. The PSPG faculty developed the foundation for current principles regarding the kinetics of drug action and variability in drug response, and it includes members of the National Academy of Sciences.

The PSPG program is a member of the Quantitative Biosciences Consortium (QBC) at UCSF.


pharmacogenomics and functional genomics
quantitative and systems pharmacology
computational genomics
molecular pharmacology
drug development sciences
therapeutic bioengineering

The PSPG program office is located at the Mission Bay campus. Visit the program website for more information.

The PSPG program is offered by the UCSF Graduate Division, administered by the UCSF School of Pharmacy, and delivered by faculty members in the UCSF schools of pharmacy and medicine.


Program Administrator
Isaac Kaijankoski

Program Co-Directors
Su Guo, PhD
Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD