Departmental Research

The KU School of Pharmacy is fourth among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding. KU SOP researchers earned more than $12 million in NIH funding last year.

 Medicinal Chemistry

Discovery and development of new natural or synthetic organic compounds of biomedical utility is a critical component of medicinal chemical research. 

Faculty research areas in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry include synthetic and medicinal chemistry, biochemistry and petptide chemistry, and natural products chemistry.


 Pharmaceutical Chemistry

The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry is home to some of the nation's most respected pharmaceutical researchers.

The department offers a broad range of research projects for both graduate and undergraduate students, ranging from traditional pharmaceutics to biotechnology.

 Pharmacy Practice

Faculty members in the Department of Pharmacy Practice use modern scientific approaches to address questions critical to the expanding role of pharmacists in the evolving healthcare system.

Current projects span the basic pharmaceutical sciences, clinical trials, outcomes research, health services research, and educational research.

 Pharmacology & Toxicology

The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology combines world-class faculty with cutting-edge research to prepare students to teach, pursue a career in research or both.

Faculty research areas in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology include neuropharmacology, neurodegenerative diseases, and synaptic function.


The Neuroscience program prepares students to practice research at a university,  a pharmaceutical/ biotechnology company or a government laboratory.

Faculty research areas in the Neuroscience Program include molecular and cellular neurobiology, organism-based neurophysiology, behavioral neurobiology, and cognitive neuroscience.


2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU