Doctorate Program

Students enrolled in our Ph.D. program are expected to train themselves to independent researchers capable to take leadership positions in a research environment in academia, industry as well as research hospitals. For thesis research, a successful Ph.D. candidate should develop an innovative and impacting research project alone or under the help of his/her degree advisor, normally a full professor. The time needed for completion course study and thesis research for a Ph.D. student varies substantially with each research project. The average length of Ph.D. study is about four years. Our students graduated with a Ph.D. degree are highly demanded by academic and industrial research institutions domestic and international.

PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Discovery for International Students (PSDD):

Welcome to PSDD program preparing innovative expert leaders in the pharmaceutical sciences and drug discovery

    The Pharmaceutical Sciences and drug discovery (PSDD) PhD Program at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), School of Pharmacy focuses on how to apply a broad range of knowledge in pharmaceutical sciences to develop safer and more effective drugs to help patients worldwide. Our PhD students will receive solid training in the pharmaceutical-related basic sciences, as well as in the real drug discovery processes to develop into independent and creative problem-solvers in pharmaceutical sciences. This multidisciplinary graduate program focuses on current pharmaceutical research and drug development to nurture the next generation of pharmaceutical scientists.

About PSDD

    Founded in February 2000, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Pharmacy is one of the youngest pharmacy schools in China. SJTU School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top pharmacy schools in China for its wide spectrum of academic studies and strong faculty team. Its graduate department offers highly reputed MS, and Ph.D. programs in each area of pharmaceutical sciences and medicinal chemistry, especially in the emerging fields of today's pharmaceutical technologies. More than half of the professors in the school had previous experiences teaching at universities or studying in pharmaceutical industry in North America.

    Based on the English-teaching capability of the faculties, the pharmacy school has newly established a graduate program for international students taught in English. A graduate student who enrolled in the program may start his/her study in selected discipline immediately without receiving Chinese-language courses. International students are encouraged and expected to enjoy their learning of Chinese language and culture during the course study and thesis research.

Research Directions

    The PSDD program consists research projects in multiple areas of pharmaceutical sciences including Pharmacology, Medicinal chemistry, Pharmaceutical biotechnology, Pharmaceutical analysis and Pharmaceutics. Students are encouraged to take courses and experimental trainings cross-disciplinary fields.

1. Pharmacology

Yong X. Wang, Professor, Ph.D. from University of British Columbia, Canada; Previous Senior Scientist of Elan; Member of Editorial board of Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism; 
Research directions: Pain pharmacology; Pharmacology of metabolic diseases; Gene silencing technology; Protein/peptide PEGylation.

Richard Ye, Professor, Dean; Ph.D. from Washington, St Louis; Previous Professor of University of Illinoi, Chicago; Member of Editorial Board of Molecular Pharmacology; Section Editor of Journal of Immunology; 
Research Direction: GPCR

2. Medicinal Chemistry

Lei Fu, Professor; Ph.D. from Stanford University; Previously served as a Research Scientist of Pharmacyclics; 
Research Direction: Medicinal Chemistry; Metabolic diseases.

Huchen Zhou, Professor; Ph.D. from Princeton University; Post-doctor training at Yale University 
Research Direction: Chemical biology and drug discovery

Zhenmin Mao, PI; Ph.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo; Post doctor training at Princeton University 
Research Direction: Chemistry of heterocyclic compounds and Drug discovery

3. Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Dawei Li, Professor; Ph.D. from Ohio State University; Previously served as an Instructor at Harvard Medical School; 
Research Direction: Monoclone antibody drugs, Molecular mechanisms of drug efficacy

Nianmin Qi, Professor; Ph.D. from University of Oregon; Previously served as Research Scientist at Bayer Pharmaceuticals; 
Research Direction: Pharmaceutical biotechnology and cell engeneering

Wei Han, Professor, Ph.D. from City University of New York; Previously served as Research Scientist at Slone Catherine Cancer Center; 
Research Direction: Pharmaceuticals for regeneration therapy 

Jianwei Zhu, Professor, Ph.D. from Microbial Genetics, Shanghai Institute of Pharmaceutical Industry, Shanghai China; Previously served as Senior Research Fellow at MIT and Harvard University and as a Director For Early Process Science at Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, USA. 
Research Direction: Research and development in biologics and vaccines, cell engineering and antibody medicine.

4. Pharmaceutical Analysis

Chao Yan, Professor; Ph.D. from George Town University; Previously served as a Research Scientist at Stanford University; Associate Director of California Society of Separation Sciences; Associate Editor of Chromatography (Ch) 
Research Direction: Metabonomics and Methods of drug analysis

5. Pharmaceutics

Tuo Jin, Professor, Ph.D. from University of Toronto (Pharmaceutics); D.Sc. from Hokkaido University (Physical Chemistry); Previously served as an Associate Professor at Long Island University College of Pharmacy; Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Controlled Release 
Research Direction: Sustained-release delivery of native proteins; Non-invasive delivery of proteins/peptides; Synthetic carrier systems for nucleic acids; Intra-cellular delivery of native proteins.

Yuhong Xu, Professor, Ph.D. from State University of New York, Buffalo; Previously served as a Senior Scientist at Merck; Associate Editor of Journal of Liposome Research; Editor of Pharmaceutical Research; 
Research Direction: Nanomedicine; Delivery of Bio-macromolecules; Liposomes; Vaccine delivery.

Courses(Conducted in All-English Format)

Required Courses (11 credits)

G090510 Introduction to Chinese Culture   2 credits
G090511 Chinese as a second language (CSL)   2 credits
PM6002 Technologies in drug discovery Prof. Yuhong Xu/Prof. Chao Yan 2 credits
PM6010 The practice in scientific presentation Prof. Dequan Ye/Prof. Lei Fu 2 credits
PM6020 Medical patent and intellectual propert Prof. Tuo Jin/Prof. Jianwei Zhu 1 credit
S170701 Seminars   1 credit

Elective Courses (select >= 5 credits)

PM6001 Introduction to Pharmaceutics Prof. Tuo Jin/Prof. Yuhong Xu 3 credits
GPM6003 Introduction to Pharmacology Prof. Yongxiang Wang/Prof. Dequan Ye 3 credits
PPM6004 Medicinal Chemistry Prof. Huchen Zhou/Prof. Lei Fu 3 credits
PPM600? Medical Biologics Prof. Dawei Li/Prof. Wei Han 2 credits


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School of Pharmacy,Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Tel: 8621-34207048 


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