department of pharmaceutics


Pharmacometrics and Pharmacokinetics, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Drug Delivery

Dr. Schmittgen works with a graduate student in his lab

Research in the department of pharmaceutics at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy encompasses studies in pharmacokinetics, quantitative pharmacology, pharmacometrics, pharmaceutical analysis, pharmaceutical biotechnology and drug delivery. The department shares two campuses, with award-winning faculty leading research and education programs at state-of-the-art facilities in Gainesville and Orlando. In addition to teaching, all faculty are involved in collaborative research projects with clinical and other basic scientists at UF Health, the university’s academic health center. Many faculty maintain ties with scientists at other universities and the pharmaceutical industry worldwide.

Research Areas

The Ph.D. program in the department of pharmaceutics provides specialized training across multiple research areas, including the following:

Pharmacometrics and Pharmacokinetics

Encompass the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs in animals and humans, and the relationship between drug concentration and effect.

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Includes molecular biology, immunology and aspects of the delivery of DNA/RNA, peptide and protein drugs.

Pharmaceutical Analysis

Involves the application of spectroscopy, chromatography, extraction, electrophoresis, immunoassays and radioisotope assays to drug determination.

Drug Delivery

Includes physical, chemical and biological approaches to drug delivery, formulation and evaluation of dosage forms



Gainesville Campus

At the University of Florida’s flagship campus in Gainesville, graduate students and trainees in the department of pharmaceutics work in collaboration with colleagues across UF Health, the Southeast’s most comprehensive academic health center.

Orlando Campus


Orlando Campus

At the UF Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona, graduate students and trainees in the department of pharmaceutics have access to state-of-the-art lab facilities and computer software programs to carry out research activities.

Orlando Campus

Current Student Information

Program Information



The chapter was founded at the University of Florida in 2002 and is open to students across all UF College of Pharmacy departments.

Research Showcase 2018

Prospective Student Information

The department of pharmaceutics only accepts students into its Ph.D. program. No masters degree is offered.


Admission to the Graduate Program is a MULTI-STEP Process

Please note, the most successful candidates have a GRE score of 310.

NOTE: you must take the TOEFLiBT and score 28 or above on the speak portion if you plan to request a Teaching Assistantship.

ALL CORRESPONDENCE regarding application status must include your UFID. Correspondence without UFID can not be answered. All inquiries should be sent to Information can not be given over the phone.

  1. In order to check on the status of your application with the UNIVERSITY please go to

Graduate School Requirements

  • UF Admissions requires all scores (GRE and TOEFL) to be sent by the testing center directly to Office of Admissions (UF code is 5812 Department Code is not necessary).
  • Original transcripts must be sent directly from the educational institution to the UF Office of Admission.

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Sihong Song