Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Hawaii at Hilo

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Hawaii at Hilo

Hilo, HI
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The University of Hawai'i at Hilo

The University of Hawai'i at Hilo (UH Hilo) is the only institution in the central Pacific to offer the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree program. It also offers the Pharm.D. degree program and the M.S. degree program in Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences Degree Program

Using the extraordinary intellectual, biological, physical, and cultural diversity of its geographic region as a focus of investigation and study, the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo is proud to offer a Ph.D. degree program in the Pharmaceutical Sciences.

This program, which was inaugurated in 2011, provides graduate training in the pharmaceutical sciences, including medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, and pharmacognosy. The college has strong research programs in "Cancer Biology" and "Natural Product Chemistry." The Ph.D. degree program is aimed at students with B.S., M.S., or Pharm.D. degrees, and those currently working in the field.

Students will be prepared for senior leadership positions in the pharmaceutical sciences in academia, research, education, government, industry, and related fields, and become leaders who can identify, research, and solve problems related to the pharmaceutical sciences. The Ph.D. degree program is designed to foster student development as critical thinkers, team players, self-directed interdisciplinary scholars, and communicators.


The faculty includes a number of known cancer researchers, including Dr. John Pezzuto (cancer chemoprevention and resveratrol), Dr. Andre Bachmann (neuroblastoma), Dr. Linda Connelly (metastasis), Dr. Aaron Jacobs (cell signaling and cell stress), and Dr. Dana-Lynn Koomoa-Lange (cancer cell biology). There are also faculty members who are medicinal chemists, including Dr. Dianqing Sun (organic synthesis of anti-cancer and anti-microbial drugs) and Dr. Daniela Gündisch (organic synthesis of central nervous system drugs and development of in vivo tracers); and natural product faculty members, including Dr. Leng Chee Chang (anti-cancer and plant-based drugs) and Dr. Ghee Tan (anti-malarial compounds). Dr. Susan Jarvi studies avian malaria and rat lung worm. Drs. Kenneth Morris and Mahavir Chougule focus on pharmaceutics and drug delivery. Dr. Supakit Wongwiwatthananukit is involved in mathematical analysis of health care outcomes.

Research Facilities

The research facilities are located on the main UH Hilo campus and at the Waiakea research facility a few miles away. These facilities have all the scientific equipment and instruments needed for molecular isolation and structural analysis, including 2 Bruker Avance DRX NMR spectrometers, 2 Agilent mass spectrometers, an X-ray diffractometer, FT-IR, several UV-VIS spectrophotometers, HPLC systems, and rotary evaporators. Pharmaceutics equipment includes a NiComp 380 particle analyzer and a Nano DeBEE homogenizer. For cellular analysis and molecular biology, the equipment includes a Perkin Elmer Operetta confocal high throughput analysis system, 2 Leica confocal microscopes, multiple research grade microscopes, centrifuges (from ultra- to micro-centrifuges), a Molecular Devices 4400A microarray reader, real-time PCR cyclers, plate readers, and equipment for the growth of microbes and mammalian cells in culture.


UH Hilo is located on the windward side of the Big Island of Hawai'i in the bayside town of Hilo. With a population of approximately 40,000, Hilo has a small town charm, but is large enough to support 3 shopping centers and to provide needed services. UH Hilo, with a student population of about 4,000, is a multicultural comprehensive university, offering a wide range of baccalaureate degrees and graduate degrees in a few selected disciplines. The island of Hawai'i offers many natural attractions, including Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, white sand beaches, plunging waterfalls, and scenic Waipio valley.

Location & Contact

Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy

University of Hawaii at Hilo

200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Phone: 808-932-7700

Degrees & Award

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    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctorate
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  • Earning Your Degree
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    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
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Tuition & Fees

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