Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacogenomics


2019 Fellow Dr. Ryley Uber presenting to faculty

The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy offers a 2-year fellowship designed to provide a strong foundation in clinical pharmacogenomics, implementation science, and translational research. Our goal is to train future independent researchers, faculty members, and health system leaders with a solid foundation in pharmacogenomics and precision medicine. Download the PDF with this information.

Fellows will:

  • Conduct research with the objective of advancing the science and application of pharmacogenomics and precision medicine. Specifically, in the areas of implementation science; translational and clinical outcomes research; return of results and pharmacogenomics education; and clinical informatics. 

  • Participate in ongoing clinical and research initiatives including pharmacogenomics programs currently deployed across the UPMC system -- the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Service, the PreCISE-Rx initiative, the Primary Care Precision Medicine Clinic, Test2Learn training program, the Pharmacogenomics Center of Excellence as well as nationally-funded pharmacogenomics research projects.

  • Be mentored by University of Pittsburgh and UPMC leaders within the School of Pharmacy, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Institute for Precision Medicine. 

  • Gain core learning experiences through mentored research and development (50% effort), patient care (25% effort), and graduate coursework (25% effort). 


Fellows have the option to enroll in a MS in Clinical Research Pharmacogenomics Certificate program or a Clinical/Translational Research certificate program from the University of Pittsburgh. Fellows may also apply to enter the MS or PhD program in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. 


Applicants should possess a PharmD degree (residency training preferred), eligibility for pharmacist licensure in PA, and a passion for translational and/or implementation science. A competitive stipend with benefits and travel support is provided. Please submit a letter of intent, CV, transcripts, and 3 letters of recommendation by December 17, 2021 to Dr. Philip Empey at pempey@pitt.edu

Contact Information

Philip Empey, PharmD, PhD, FCCP
Director, Pharmacogenomics Center of Excellence, Associate Director for Pharmacogenomics, Pitt/UPMC Institute for Precision Medicine; Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics,
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Email:  pempey@pitt.edu

James Coons, PharmD, FCCP, BCCP
Professor, Department of Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh Clinical Pharmacist, Cardiology, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
Email:  coonsjc@upmc.edu

Lucas Berenbrok, PharmD, MS, BCACP, CTTS
Associate Professor, Department of Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Email:  berenbrok@pitt.edu