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Contact Information

Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences
280 Calhoun St., Room QF307B, MSC 140
Medical University of South Carolina
South Carolina
United States
South Carolina
  • Name: C. James Chou, Ph.D.
    Title: Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
    Office: 280 Calhoun St., Room QF307B, MSC 140
    Phone (Work): 843-792-1289
  • Name: Patrick M. Woster, Ph.D.
    Title: Professor, Chair and SmartState® Endowed Chair in Drug Discovery
    Office: 70 President St., Room 404, MSC 139
    Phone (Work): 843-876-2453

Program Application Deadline

February 01, 2022
Application open date September 1, 2021
Priority deadline December 15, 2021
Extended Deadline February 1, 2022

Program Description

Research training in the Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences (DDBS) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) encompasses the understanding of disease mechanisms, the design and development of new pharmaceutical agents and the biochemical basis for drug toxicity. Graduate students trained in drug discovery and biomedical sciences bring the fundamentals of the physical and biological sciences to health-related research, and can pursue various exciting career options in academia, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, or government agencies upon completion of their degree. The job market for new Ph.D.s in drug discovery and the biomedical sciences is one of the best in the physical or biological sciences. The Department is committed to being a leader in the discipline and concentrates its research efforts in several related areas, including medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and natural product identification. All of these focus areas complement the broad-based research foci of the Medical University as a whole, and DDBS faculty collaborate with scientists from many disciplines across campus and world-wide. By nature, our research is translational, and in many cases, able to be commercialized. We are also highly entrepreneurial, with 6 spin-off companies spawned from faculty research.

Specific areas of research in include identification of new drug targets, rational and computer-aided drug design, virtual and high-throughput or high-content screening, chemical synthesis and lead optimization, drug metabolism and molecular immunology. We also feature research programs aimed at the study of mechanisms of drug action, drug-induced cell injury, death and regeneration, mitochondrial biology and molecular and cellular pharmacology and toxicology.

Institution Information


Degree Requirements

Not Required
DDBS students are required to take the DDBS Core Courses (DDBS 701, 702, 726 and 727) for a total of 8 credits. Remaining course requirements are satisfied by selecting additional DDBS or elective courses, seminar (DDBS 780) and Special Topics in Drug Discovery (DDBS 790). Each student must also complete 15 dissertation credits (DDBS 990). The exact sequence of courses is decided mutually between the student and his or her dissertation advisor, and are formalized in the Plan of Study document.

Degree Information

On Campus
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmacology and Biochemical Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Drug Discovery
Biomedical Sciences, Drug Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacology
All MUSC students complete an interdisciplinary first year curriculum, which provides each student with a comprehensive background in biochemistry, enzymology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, physiology and cancer biology. There are also lectures included that address the scientific literature, professionalism and research grant writing techniques. Each student is required to complete three 9-week research rotations prior to selecting an home department.

Program Statistics

Last academic year-country of origin of the accepted students:
Last academic year-graduates job placement:

GRE and Other Tests


Letters of Recommendation

It is recommended to obtain letters of reference that address previous research experiences, or from instructors in relevant coursework.

Other Admission Requirements


Financial Support

Tuition Waiver, Stipend, Research Assistantship, Department or University Scholarship
Financial support is available in two stages. During the first 14 months, a student will be supported either through a competitive stipend from CGS or by a Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences faculty member. After the first 14 months, a student will be supported either from a grant through his/her research supervisor, from outside fellowships such as those from NIH or the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education, or by some other external award.

Background Checks and Drug Screenings

We are not a participating PharmGrad program
We are not a participating PharmGrad program