Scientific environment – Drug Discovery Education



Drug Discovery Course


A graduate course offered for the Fall Term. This course is open to all MS,

PhD, and MD students and advanced undergraduates.


Class: MSMPHL 2370

When: Monday and Thursday: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM,

Location: BSTWR 995


Director: Dr. Mark Schurdak, Co-directors: Drs. D. Lansing Taylor, Lee McDermott, Bruce Freeman, Michael Lotze, Edward Chu, David Whitcomb, and Ivet Bahar


Contact:  Shannon Granahan,


Course Description: Drug discovery is an interdisciplinary science that seeks to identify small molecular and/or biologic entities for therapeutic intervention, and to understand integrated biological systems and processes at the functional and molecular levels.  This comprehensive course will discuss various topics that are relevant to current approaches including fundamentals of therapeutics, traditional target-centric strategies, and preclinical and clinical drug development.  Highlighted in this course will be quantitative systems pharmacology (QSP) as a new strategy for development of precision therapies.  The course will include case studies intended to aid students in a full understanding of the drug discovery process.


Course Sections: Fundamentals of Therapeutics, Molecular Target Centric Discovery, Pre-Clinical Drug Discovery, QSP to Advance Personalized Medicine, Case Studies.


Drug Discovery Course Outline