Department of Molecular Pharmacology


Research in Molecular Pharmacology at Einstein has a strong emphasis on signal transduction and hormone action at the nuclear, cellular and organismic level; the biosynthesis and processing of hormones; the mechanism of drug action and the development of new therapeutics; and the disruption of normal physiology by toxicants. Work in our department targets important diseases such as diabetes and obesity, cancer, learning and depression, as well as neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. We have strong ties to the Diabetes and Cancer Centers as well as the Institute for Aging Research.


Graduate training in Molecular Pharmacology exposes student to state of the art methodologies that cover a wide range of approaches, including genetic studies in flies, worms and mice, genome-wide studies of chromatin and gene expression, advanced quantitative imaging, and biochemical studies on purified enzymes. Studies with animal models and human-derived specimens insure that our research is at the forefront of translational science.


The Department has 28 primary and secondary faculty members as well as 23 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The highly collaborative nature of investigators within the department, and the school as a whole, creates a broad-based and dynamic scientific environment. The Department sponsors a seminar series for visiting scientists from other institutions, as well as journal clubs and weekly work-in-progress research meetings. Monthly afternoon "happy hours" and annual departmental outings promote scientific and social interactions among the students, fellows and faculty.


Graduates of the Department of Molecular Pharmacology have earned postdoctoral positions in outstanding laboratories and received prestigious fellowships. Our graduates have found positions in academia, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and at the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. We are proud of the accomplishments of our graduates and welcome new students to join us in this exciting age of scientific advances.