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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!


Aaron Lebeau, Ph.D.


Anna Lee, Ph.D.

to the Department of Pharmacology!

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Graduate Program

Cancer & Cardioivascular Research Building

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

Graduate Program

Nils Hasselmo Hall

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

Graduate Program

Research Focus Areas

Current Events

April 25

George Wilcox, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmacology

10:15 - 11:15am
2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall

Title: "A Subset of Spinal Analgesic Synergy Requires Activation of Protein Kinase C-Epsilon"


May 9

Carolyn Fairbanks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmacology

10:15 - 11:15am, 2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall

Title: TBA


Department News

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

Dr. Aaron LeBeau will begin July 1, 2014.  Dr. LeBeau comes to us from the University of California, San Francisco, where he is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Departments of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Dr. LeBeau's research investigates the role of proteases as therapeutic targets and the use of antibodies as tumor imaging and anti-tumor agents. 

Dr. Anna Lee will begin August 1, 2014.  Dr. Lee comes to us from the University of Texas at Austin's Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, where she holds the position of Research Assistant Professor. Dr. Lee's research investigates the neuropharmacological mechanisms of addiction to nicotine and alcohol.  

Aaron and Anna 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!


Dr. Kevin Wickman is a 2013-14 recipient of the University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education!


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The Department of Pharmacology is turning 100!

Check out some history about the department here.


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