UTHSCSA Department of Pharmacology

Department of Pharmacology

Alan Frazer, Ph.D.

Alan Frazer, Ph.D.

We welcome the opportunity to inform you about our Department of Pharmacology. The Department of Pharmacology at the Health Science Center at San Antonio is uniquely positioned to carry out research into the most relevant areas in pharmacology as well as to deliver superior training in pharmacology. Our faculty use approaches that range from the molecular and cellular through electrophysiology and systems to behavior. Because of their expertise with different approaches, many of our faculty collaborate with each other on integrated research projects. This enables our students to receive training in all these areas and gain an appreciation of the effects of drugs at all these levels of analysis.


With respect to our graduate programs, our goal is not only to train students to become accomplished scientists in a specific area of research but also to become independent, creative, and productive thinkers. Accomplishing this goal has enabled our graduates to move on to rewarding and successful careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and government. We are very excited about recent developments in pharmacology that allow new and challenging means of exploring the biological effects of drugs.




The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, located in the northern suburbs of the city of San Antonio, is one of the 15 components in The University of Texas System. The UTHSCSA, a health science center in the truest sense, is composed of five interactive schools: The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Dental School, Medical School, School of Health Professions, and School of Nursing. The Health Science Center environment allows a unique opportunity for the more than 2,800 students enrolled in more than 60 programs to experience a high quality combination of clinical and basic sciences. Away from the main campus is the Texas Research Park, which currently houses three research buildings; (1) Barshop Center for Longevity & Aging; (2) Centers for Biology in Medicine; and (3) Institute of Biotechnology.


The Health Science Center is relatively young, having been founded in 1968, but it has already established itself as a premier educational and research institution. Research dollars to the Health Science Center have grown from $41 million 18 years ago to $171 million in 2007 with $84 million coming from the National Institutes of Health. Health Science Center scientists carry out major studies in all areas of medicine and health care.