Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Focusing on the discovery and design of potentially life-saving drugs and treatments, Pharmaceutical Science is critical to the improvement of health care and quality of life. The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at St. John’s University provides world-class academic programs, scientific research, and scholarships to help shape the future of modern medicine. 

Being home to seven rigorous degree programs, the Department takes a student-oriented teaching approach to a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical sciences including biomedical science, toxicology, and pharmacology. 

As a student at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, you are able to build a strong science background and clinical laboratory experience with the support of expert faculty and advanced technologies.

Undergraduate Degree Programs  

For undergraduate education, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences provides students with a solid background in pharmaceutics, biomedical sciences, and toxicology, with an additional focus on the chemical and biological components of pharmacy education. The Department offers two bachelor’s degree programs associated with the biomedical sciences and allied health professions. 

The department imparts basic scientific knowledge of the cause and prevention of diseases and prepares individuals for rendering health services to the public. At the advanced undergraduate level, the Department strives to acquaint students with the nature, composition, standardization, and evaluation of natural and synthetic substances used in the treatment of disease. Students can learn the action of drugs in current use on the living body—especially humans—and the manner in which these are employed in medical practice. 

In addition, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences also provides ample opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in original scientific research under the expert guidance of a faculty member.

Graduate Degree Programs

On the graduate level, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences provides five rigorous programs designed for students interested in improving their knowledge in medical technology and the pharmaceutical sciences which include health sciences, industrial pharmacy, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacotherapeutics, and toxicology. 

The graduate programs aim to arm students with advanced knowledge of the fundamental branches of the pharmaceutical sciences and allied health professions, while also offering opportunities for original investigation. 

Both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs are offered, with the Master of Science available as coursework degrees (non-thesis) or with the production of original scientific research with an accompanying thesis. The Master of Science degree programs prepare students to continue academically at the doctoral level or to enter the workforce with competitive skills and expertise in their area of specialization. Graduates with doctoral degrees are fully prepared to pursue leadership positions in various settings such as academic institutions, industry, and government agencies.

Research Opportunities at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

At the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, we strive to serve humanity and improve human health through pioneering scientific research. Students and scholars at the department have ample opportunities to be involved in our cutting-edge research. 

Working with St. John’s expert faculty, you can pursue your research interests in different areas, such as biomedical science, toxicology, and drug design. Supported by our first-class facilities, you are empowered to ignite novel solutions to contemporary health care issues through innovative labs and research.

Current research areas include: 

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Immunology
  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Toxicology
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
  • Toxicology

Explore our research opportunities.

Learn More about the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ready to pursue your passion for pharmaceutical sciences with a world-respected degree from St. John’s University? Contact the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, or submit a request information form to learn more!

Department Contacts

Vijaya L. Korlipara, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. Albert Hall Rm 301
(718) 990-5369
[email protected]

Woon-Kai Low, Ph.D
Graduate Program Director
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. Albert Hall 104C
(718) 990-8288
[email protected]

Sue Ford, Ph.D, DABT
Director, Toxicology Program
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. Albert Hall Rm 305 
(718) 990-6220
[email protected]