The Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (MPaT) Graduate Program has conferred over 350 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and 75 Master of Science (MS) degrees in Pharmacology, with most graduates applying their training to successful careers in academic, medical, industry, government, and regulatory agency settings. Among our notable alumni is Dr. Louis Ignarro (PhD, 1966; advisor: Dr. Frederick E. Shideman), who received the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering work showing that nitric oxide is the gaseous second messenger that promotes vasodilation, the process underlying the beneficial therapeutic efficacy of drugs like nitroglycerin and sildenafil (Viagra). The MPaT Graduate Program currently offers MS and PhD degree programs and participates in joint degree (MD/PhD and JD/PhD) programs offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School and Law School.

Beginning in fall semester 2024, students can expect to see minor adjustments to the MPaT curriculum. These include tuning course credits of existing classes with the aim of increasing elective options and the addition of a new class.

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (MPaT) Graduate Program acknowledges that systemic inequality and discrimination has plagued our society and that academic institutions, including graduate programs, are not immune. Consequently, the MPaT Graduate Program aims to identify and eliminate bias and inequity as they exist in our environment, creating a climate that recognizes and celebrates the distinctiveness and importance of each member of our learning community.

The MPaT Graduate Program commits to creating a vibrant and compassionate environment where diversity is championed, and all students, faculty, and staff feel welcome and supported. Diversity in experience and thought is necessary for the success of an academic training program. Diverse perspectives enhance all aspects of graduate education including research, teaching, and the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. Diverse teams facilitate empathy and understanding of others and, importantly, contribute to innovation in our research mission. Diversity also prepares trainees for successful careers in a complex and pluralistic global economy.


Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Anna Lee
3-136 Nils Hasselmo Hall   

Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Steven Graves
3-106 Nils Hasselmo Hall

Director of Master's Studies Dr. Ezequiel Marron
2-104 Nils Hasselmo Hall 

Graduate Program Coordinator
Marie Lindloff, MS
2-108 Nils Hasselmo Hall 

HR Payroll Specialist 
Amy Ram