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Drug Discovery and Development Certificate

Modern drug discovery utilizes multidisciplinary project teams and attempts to simultaneously move forward with as many aspects of the overall drug discovery and development process as possible. This environment requires that scientists not only be deeply trained in their area of specialty, but also possess a broad background, vocabulary, and appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of related disciplines. This professional certificate is designed to help meet that need. To help students gain a greater understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, the core curriculum includes key background material in biology or chemistry and a general overview of the drug discovery and development process. The addition of electives allows the student to round out their certificate education with courses that are most appropriate to their current or future career needs.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
REQUIRED COURSES
Preclinical Drug Discovery & Development
BIOL-40125
3
Schedule Varies
Introduction to Pharmacology
BIOL-40047
2
  X    
Medicinal Chemistry of Leading Drugs
BIOL-40161
1
  X    
Pharmacokinetics
BIOL-40176
3
O   O X
Drug Metabolism
BIOL-40170
3
  O X O
Toxicology
BIOL-40189
3
Schedule Varies
Predicting & Selecting Promising Drug Compounds
BIOL-40219
2
X O   O
Target Identification & Validation
BIOL-40918
2
Schedule Varies
ELECTIVE COURSES (A total of 5 units required.)
Analytical Chemistry
BIOL-40195
3
    X  
Biomarkers
BIOL-40258
3
  X   X
Dosage Form Design and Development
BIOL-40256
2
Schedule Varies
High Throughput Screening Methods in Drug Development
BIOL-40133
2
X      
Medicinal Chemistry Intensive Program
BIOL-40116
3
  X    
Molecular Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine
BIOL-40251
3
X   X  
Overview of the Drug Development Process
BIOL-40015
3
      O
Stem Cell Biology
BIOL-40186
3
O   O  
Writing Preclinical Reports for IND Submissions
BIOL-40175
2
Schedule Varies
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
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To Register in the Certificate Program

Certificate registration is required to complete the program. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Certificate Section ID: 100483 Add to Cart
Application Fee: $60
Contact: Life Sciences, (858) 534-9353
E-mail: unexbio@ucsd.edu

Certificate Guidelines

This certificate is intended for individuals with educational backgrounds in chemical and biological sciences at the bachelor, masters, or Ph.D. level interested in entering or becoming more effective at working in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry.

Advisors

John Cashman
President and Founder
Human BioMolecular Research Institute

Dan DiSepio, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist, Group Leader, Development
Johnson & Johnson PRD

Grace Furman, Ph.D.
CEO & President
Paracelsus, Inc.

Jelveh Lameh, Ph.D.
Director, BioPharma Services
Genoptix

Ajay Madan, Ph.D., DABT
Sr. Director, Development
Neurocrine Biosciences

Nicholas F. Paoni, Ph.D.
Consultant
Paoni Consulting

John Saunders, Ph.D.
Vice President Medicinal Chemistry
Neurocrine Biosciences

Robert Ternansky, Ph.D.
Consultant