We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Molecular Pharmacology?

Mary McMahon
Updated May 21, 2024
Our promise to you
All The Science is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At All The Science, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Molecular pharmacology is a branch of the field of pharmacology which is concerned with the study of pharmacology on a molecular basis. Molecular pharmacologists study the molecular study of pharmaceuticals and natural compounds used in the treatment of disease, and they also study disease on a molecular basis with the goal of developing pharmacologically active agents which could be used to address disease. Employment in this field is generally limited to people who hold graduate degrees, often with postdoctoral work in the field.

One of the most important aspects of molecular pharmacology is understanding how drugs work on a molecular basis. For a patient who takes antibiotics for an infection, the molecular explanation for the efficacy of the drugs might not seem terribly important, as long as they work, but for molecular pharmacologists, it's critical. A molecular pharmacologist can find out how the drug attacks the bacteria causing the infection, how the bacteria develops antibiotic resistance, and how a drug company might develop a new antibiotic which targets an antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the molecular level.

Molecular pharmacologists are also interested in molecular pathology, the study of the process of disease on a molecular level. This is especially relevant with malignancies which develop spontaneously, as an understanding of how much malignancies emerge could be a key part to developing drugs which will target these malignancies. Researchers in molecular pharmacology are also interested in developing highly refined drugs which are capable of attacking a malignancy and nothing else, thereby reducing side effects for the patient.

Understanding the molecular structure of drugs is also important. From the point of view of pharmaceutical companies, knowing as much as possible about their drugs is useful because it can help them protect patents, develop similar drugs, organize drug families, and understand drug actions. For researchers, knowing the molecular structure of a drug is important for many of the same reasons. Researchers are also interested in developing methods for producing consistent and reliable pharmaceuticals, which requires a knowledge of the detailed structures of the drugs they are working on.

People can approach this field from a number of angles within the biological sciences. Some colleges and universities offer molecular pharmacology degrees to their students, and these degrees can include a high level of personalization to the student's interests and needs. Generally, coursework in molecular pharmacology includes topics like biology, anatomy, physiology, molecular chemistry, and other fields within the biological sciences.

All The Science is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a All The Science researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
By Alan1945 — On Jun 08, 2011

Biology is probably your best bet, but chemistry would work as well. I'd suggest talking to an academic advisor for suggestions, or check out the application of the grad school you'd eventually want to attend.

By coffeeluv — On Jun 06, 2011

What is a good undergraduate major for someone interested in studying molecular pharmacology?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
All The Science, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

All The Science, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.