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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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Pharmacology Seminar Series

Come check out the latest in our Pharmacology Seminar Series:

Dunham Award

In Memory of Dr. Norman Sladek

Dr. Norman Sladek served as a professor at the Department of Pharmacology from 1966 to 2007. During his time here he was a mentor and teacher to 11 Ph.D. Students.

Norman Sladek RIP

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

January 9

Chris Bakkenist
Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Basic Science
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Host: Jill Siegfried


February 6

Masato Yamamoto
Co-Director and Professor, Division of Basic and Translational Research
Department of Surgery, University of MN

Host: Cheuk Leung and Gibson Wood


March 6

Allison Fryer
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Professor Physiology and Pharmacology Oregon Health & Science University

Host: Esam El-Fakahany


March 13

Jaime Modiano
College of Veterinary Medicine and Masonic Cancer Center

Host: Cheuk Leung


April 3

Mark Burns
Georgetown University Medical Center

Host: Ling Li/Gibson Wood


April 10

Ellis Levin
UC Irvine

Host: Carol Lange


Winter Appreciation Gathering Donation Results

The Department of Pharmacology successfully raised $400 to purchase items for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital through their Wish List at Target.

Thanks to everyone who was able to contribute!


Faculty Recognition

Congratulations to Dr. Earl Dunham for receiving the Pharmacy Alumni Society's Faculty Recognition Award.


Department of Pharmacology Annual Retreat

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State of the Department Summary & Retreat Album

Department News

Congratulations to our fall minor graduates:

  • Cole Batty
    Chemistry Major, CSE

  • Sasha Buchner
    Microbiology Major, CBS

  • Nhung Do
    Physiology Major, CLA

  • Alexander Harris
    Neuroscience Major, CBS

  • Catherine Kok
    Neuroscience Major, CBS

  • Logan Pfaff
    Microbiology Major, CBS

  • Hannah Vo
    Physiology Major, CLA

  • Jessica Workcuff
    Physiology Major, CLA


A paper entitled
"A Unified Mechanism for Aminopeptidase N-based tumor cell motility and tumor-homing therapy"

by Dr. Fang Li's lab has been accepted by the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Please congratulate Dr. Fang and his lab on this achievement!


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