Pharmacodynamics and Target Engagement Fellowship

This one- year fellowship focuses on bridging the gap between research and translational science efforts at Allergan. The fellow will be provided learning opportunities in the design and implementation of pharmacological studies to elucidate pharmacodynamics (PD) and pharmacokinetics (PK) relationships of novel biologics.  As part of the training program, the fellow will learn to mine existing literature, interpret relevant clinical and nonclinical data to guide study design and model development in an effort to better predict dose regimen selection for future non-clinical and clinical activities. This fellowship is intended to enhance the postdoctoral research training of the candidate through providing hands-on training in pharmacology and target engagement studies through in vivo protocol design and implementation, bioanalytical assay development, endpoint determination, data analysis and in silico modeling directed towards understanding the PD/PK relationship for Allergan programs.

Objectives of the Pharmacodynamics and Target Engagement Fellow

  • Explain the role and contributions of Pharmacodynamics  and Target Engagement studies to dose selection
  • Integrate data from multiple sources to build a comprehensive understanding of PD/PK relationship of  biological therapeutics
  • Hands-on training and experience
  • Create  and deliver presentations to guide project and team discussions
  • Attend, plan and participate in departmental meetings and seminars

Application Requirements

  • Pharm.D. M.D., or Ph.D. from an accredited university or equivalent
  • Experience and coursework in pharmacology
  • Good oral and written communication skills, ethics, professionalism, and an interest in biopharmaceutical industry


Contact Us

For additional information or to apply for the fellowship, please contact:

William C. Gong, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP
Director, Residency and Fellowship Training
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90089-9121
Telephone: (323) 442-2625