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Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology

We’re glad you are interested in our work!

Pharmacology explores the mechanisms that drugs use to cause therapeutic effects. The basic principle of pharmacology is that therapeutic agents are effective because they mimic or block molecules that regulate natural processes like blood pressure, organ development, and pain perception.

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New Faculty!


Dr. Nick Levinson


Dr. Tanya Freedman

to the Department of Pharmacology!

Check out their Department Profiles:

Dr. Levinson Dr. Freedman
New Faculty

Cancer & Cardioivascular Research Building

The Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building (CCRB), a new facility that houses cancer research in pharmacology.


Nils Hasselmo Hall

Nils Hasselmo Hall, a major research building for the department.


Department Seminars

September 5

Dr. Reuben Harris
Graduate Faculty Candidate

2-530 MoosT
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Host: Dr. Colin Campbell


October 10

Dr. Jim McKerrow
UCSF, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Host: Dr. Jonathan Marchant


November 7 - (Tentative)

Dr. Philip Liu

2-530 MoosT
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Host: Dr. Li-Na Wei


November 14

Dr. Erin Dickerson
Veterinary Clinical Sciences

2-530 MoosT
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Host: Dr. Cheuk Leung


December 5

Julia Davydova
Department of Surgery
Graduate Faculty Candidate

2-470 PWB
12:00pm - 1:00 pm

Host: Colin Campbell


Welcome our new graduate students!

Ph.D. Students

  • Erika Reith
  • Artur Serebrenik
  • Li Zhang
  • Xinwen Zhang

Master Students

  • Lisa Kim
  • Stanislas Ogokeh
  • Anuya Potnis
  • Ruodi Ren
  • Dhwani Rupani
  • Leisheng Sun
  • Annapoorna Venkatachalam
  • Dake Wang


September 12

Annual Retreat

8:00 am -5:00 pm
Humphery Conference Center

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Herbert Y. Meltzer, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology, and Physiology Director, Translational Neuropharmacology Program Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department News

We are thrilled to announce that we have new faculty members joining the Pharmacology team:

Dr. Nick Levinson will begin September 8, 2014. Dr. Levinson comes to us from Stanford University where he is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Levinson's research investigates the allosteric control of function in receptor tyrosine kinases and other receptor classes.

Dr. Tanya Freedman will begin September 8, 2014 as a Research Track Assistant Professor. Dr. Freedman comes to us from the University of California, San Francisco where she is a Research Specialist in the Department of Medicine/Division of Rheumatology.

They are passionate about their research and will be wonderful additions to our team as both researchers and teachers.

This is an exciting time for our department!


A recent publication by
Dr. Fang Li was highlighted on the University of Minnesota's Health Sciences News Room!


For more news - News Archive

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