Department of BioMolecular Sciences
The University of Mississippi

About the Department of BioMolecular Sciences

In 2012, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy completed a research visioning process to drive research collaboration and focus. The process identified four target areas of research: cancer, cardiometabolic disorders, neuroscience/drugs of abuse and infectious diseases.

Following input from consultants and faculty members, a need was identified for departments that better support those research areas. A School of Pharmacy Reorganization Committee was appointed to recommend reorganization models. The committee was comprised of pharmacy faculty members and administrators.

Acting on the recommendations of the Reorganization Committee, the school moved from six departments to four. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning approved the restructure in April of 2014.

The departments of medicinal chemistry, pharmacognosy and pharmacology, as well as the environmental toxicology research program were combined to form the Department of BioMolecular Sciences.

Within the department, graduate programs are offered from the divisions of medicinal chemistry, pharmacognosy, pharmacology and environmental toxicology.

Mission and Vision


Our mission is to drive innovation through combined excellence in the disciplines of Pharmacognosy, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology and Environmental Toxicology in order to understand and improve human and environmental health. We will provide positive impacts to our school, the state of Mississippi and the world via education and mentored research at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels, and through our leadership in inter-disciplinary chemical and biological sciences.


We are a department of leaders in inter-disciplinary life sciences dedicated to improving human and environmental health through education, biological and chemical research, and committed service.