Chairperson: Dr. Raheela Najam (Assoc. Prof.)
The discipline of pharmacology is the study of the effects of drugs on living systems, where a drug can broadly be defined as any chemical substance natural or synthetic that affects a biological system. Pharmacology includes how a living system handles a drug and how the body deals with the drug molecule. Hence it embraces the knowledge about the mechanism of action, adverse effects, pharmacokinetics , identification of new targets for drug action, and the design and development of new drugs. Over the last few decades our knowledge of the molecular basis of drug action has increased enormously. This has helped to shift the focus of research in pharmacology from the mere phenomenological description of drug action to the precise analysis of the molecular mechanisms by which drugs exert their effects. Thus these investigations can occur at the molecular, subcellular, cellular, tissue or whole organism level making pharmacology an interdisciplinary science employing experimental approaches, to related chemistry, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, biotechnology, immunology and genetics. Therefore nowadays, new drugs are mostly developed by organic chemists working with pharmacologist.
The degree holders may work as in the following professional fields.
- Hospital Pharmacy