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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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Yang Yang Thesis Defense

Come support Yang Yang as he presents his thesis defense!

Yang Yang Thesis

New Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Sundaram Ramakrishnan has been appointed the new Director of Graduate Studies!

His appointment will run for the time period of
September 1, 2015 - December 31, 2017.

Ramakrishnan New DGS

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 3

Yang Yang
Thesis Defense

2-520 Moos Tower
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Seminar Title: “Structural and Molecular Basis for Multifunctional Roles of Cellular Proteases”

September 3

Erik Carlson

3-100 Mayo
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Seminar Title: "Investigations into the Human Metabolic Activation of Tobacco-Specific Nitrosamines"



We are pleased to announce the 2015 Department of Pharmacology Annual Retreat will be held on Friday, September 11!

This year's retreat will feature the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder Metacrine Inc. and recipient of the 2015 Department of Pharmacology F.E. Shideman Distinguished Alumni Award, Dr. Richard Heyman.

Check out Dr. Heyman's publications at Pubmed.


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Keynote Speaker: Richard Heyman

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Coffee Break

11:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Faculty Talks

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
State of the Department

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Student Talks

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Poster Session & Reception

Department News

Dr. Jill Siegfried has been awarded a new R21 grant from the National Cancer Institute!

Title: Role of hormone pathways in chemoprevention for high-risk smokers

This grant will combine an anti-estrogen with an anti-inflammatory drug to prevent lung cancer in mice exposed to a tobacco carcinogen, and measure estrogenic pathways in biopsies from smokers with precancerous airway lesions.


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