Suggested Interdisciplinary Coursework

Drug & biotherapeutic discovery and development is a highly interdisciplinary area of study. Undergraduates and graduate students in all programs are encouraged to enroll in courses outside of their primary field of interest. Some relevant advanced coursework is below.

BME 5320: Drug Delivery (Syllabus and Schedule)
(Offered periodically)
This course will cover various modes and engineered vehicles for drug delivery, including nano- and micro-spheres, transdermal drug delivery systems (DDS), implant drug delivery, targeted delivery, and hydrogels for controlled delivery. The class will also cover mass transport fundamentals: especially diffusion, but also convection and basic pharmacokinetics models.

BIOL 5520: Biochemical Pharmacology (Syllabus and Schedule)
(Offered Spring Semester)
This course is designed to give students a good understanding of fundamental principles of pharmacology. Specifically, the course will focus on how drugs interact with various targets in the body and how body affects these compounds. The course begins with basic principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics such as sites of drug action, agonists and antagonists, receptor theories and dose response relationships, drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination. It also covers GPCR, cell excitation, nitric oxide, eicosanoid meiators and related drugs, intermediate metabolism and related drugs, chemotherapy of infectious diseases and tumor, RNA as new drug targets, and pharmacogenomics.

CHEM 5470: Principles of Medicinal Chemistry (Syllabus and Schedule)
(Offered Spring Semester)
This course examines the relationship between chemical structure and biological activity with an emphasis on drug design and modification. Specific drug classes which will be sued as illustrative of this relationship include, cardiovascular drugs, anti-inflammatory agents, steroid hormones, and chemotherapeutic agents (antibiotics), among others.

PPY 5410: Molecular Pharmacology (Syllabus and Schedule)
(Offered Spring Semester)
This course will provide the students with a comprehensive introduction to molecular pharmacology. Topics will include fundamentals of receptor biology, binding theory & efficacy, allosteric binding, principals of drug pharmacokinetics and assays/techniques used in modern pharmacology. Each student will participate in a group literature presentation highlighting some aspect of a course topic. Case studies will be used to illustrate these and related topics.

Other Courses of Interest

BME 5400: Tissue-Material Interfaces
(Offered Spring Semesters)
This course will expand on the concepts introduced in the typical undergraduate biomaterials sequence. In particular, the response of tissues to implanted materials will be studied extensively.

Off Campus and On-line Courses

BIOL 5014 Biotech Industry Innovators (Washington University)

Training Materials

Short Course on molecular modeling drug design: