2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Pharmacology and Toxicology (PMY)

Pharmacology & Toxicology

102 Farber Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3000
Ph: 716-829-2800
F: 716-829-2801
W: www.medicine.buffalo.edu/departments/pharmtox.html
James R. Olson, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
David Dietz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Interim Chair

The Learning Environment

Research Oriented Curriculum

During your studies, you can work with our highly accomplished faculty at every stage of experimental, hands-on research; studying biological processes, modeling novel compounds, synthesizing these compounds and testing their effects.

We cultivate a positive, supportive academic environment that enables you to thrive.

About Our Facilities

Conducting lab research as an undergraduate lays the groundwork for a successful career in Pharmacology and Toxicology, Neuroscience and related fields in the Biomedical Sciences.

Our majors get hands-on research experience in PMY 409 (Experimental Pharmacology). We also offer lab research to majors and interested non-majors via PMY 498.

About Our Faculty

Our faculty has extraordinarily broad and diverse areas of research interest. These areas include neuropharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, hormone mechanisms, drug use and abuse, toxicology, biophysics and genetics of ion channels, pharmacogenomics & toxicogenomics, circadian rhythms, neuroscience, and cancer.

Our faculty take advantage of resources within and beyond our department to conduct wide ranging interdisciplinary collaborations using state-of-the art techniques.

There are 21 faculty members and approximately 20 adjunct faculty.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Pharmacology and Toxicology department website for additional information about our faculty.

PMY Courses


  • PMY 11SA Special Studies Pharmacology
    Tutorial

    Special Studies Pharmacology

    Credits: 0 - 99
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • PMY 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • PMY 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • PMY 302LEC Introduction to Pharmacology
    Lecture

    Introductory survey of the major drug groups commonly used in therapeutics. Presents the scientific bases of drug action and the utilization of their properties in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Content and instruction is largely directed toward students in biomedical and life sciences programs Students are expected to have significant exposure to the basic sciences of chemistry, biology and biochemistry and must have completed a human physiology course at least equivalent to PGY 300.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: PGY 300 or PGY 451
  • PMY 311LEC Chemistry Of Drug Action
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PMY 405LR Essentials of Pharmacology I
    Lecture

    Explores principles of drug action on biological systems, action mechanism of each agent class on specific organ systems, a review and extension of pertinent physiologic concepts of that system, chemical structure-drug activity relationships, sites of action, metabolic patterns of principal drugs, and therapeutic and toxicologic aspects. Dual-listed with PMY 511.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • PMY 406LR Essentials of Pharmacology II
    Lecture

    Explores principles of drug action on biological systems, action mechanism of each agent class on specific organ systems, a review and extension of pertinent physiologic concepts of that system, chemical structure-drug activity relationships, sites of action, metabolic patterns of principal drugs, and therapeutic and toxicologic aspects. Dual-listed with PMY 512.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PMY 407LEC Special Topics in Pharmacology/Neuroscience
    Lecture

    This advanced level undergraduate course will provide an overview of special topics relating to the fields of pharmacology and neuroscience. This course will allow instructors to introduce a variety of contemporary and cutting edge ideas to students.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: Pre-Reqs: CHE 102
  • PMY 409LBR Experimental Pharmacology
    Laboratory

    PMY students only Applies principles of pharmacology and toxicology in a lab course, which includes in vivo and in vitro techniques, including: assessing the duration of drug action in a rat model, preparing subcellular fractions of liver, quantifying total protein, cytochrome P450 (CYP) protein content and activity, CYP2B1/2 protein and mRNA, biochemical and morphological assessment of liver injury, training in the proper care and use of lab animals and radiation safety. The course will provide the students with basic laboratory techniques commonly utilized in research and experience with writing two detailed lab reports which follow the format used in scientific journals.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • PMY 455LEC Toxicology Fundamentals
    Lecture

    Introduces students to the basic principles of toxicology. Toxicology is defined as the study of adverse effects of natural compounds or manmade chemicals on living organisms. Specific areas covered will include: the history of toxicology, general principles, chemical carcinogenesis, specific organ toxicology and ways to determine the risk to humans associated with toxic compounds. Uses innovative approaches to teach toxicology by utilizing real life examples and historical information of mass poisonings from natural or environmental disasters. Introduces the student to general principles and practices of toxicology.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • PMY 498LAB Undergraduate Research Participation in Pharmacology and Toxicology
    Laboratory

    Direct involvement in original research involving a literature search and laboratory work.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • PMY 498TUT Undergraduate Research Participation in Pharmacology and Toxicology
    Tutorial

    Direct involvement in original research involving a literature search and laboratory work.

    Credits: 1 - 12
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • PMY 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Involves a literature search and library work on a current topic in pharmacology or toxicology. Includes interdisciplinary projects, such as analyses of trends in drug use, toxicological projects, and applied clinical aspects.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Pharmacology & Toxicology

102 Farber Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3000
Ph: 716-829-2800
F: 716-829-2801
W: www.medicine.buffalo.edu/departments/pharmtox.html
James R. Olson, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
David Dietz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Interim Chair
Published: November 16, 2017 08:33:07 AM