The Department of Pharmacology offers one of the country's top-rated graduate programs, teaches undergraduate students, and conducts high-impact research.

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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.


Education Programs

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We provide high quality teaching of the principles of pharmacology and the application of pharmacology to the biomedical sciences.


Research & Discovery

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The Department of Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota conduct's high-impact research that advances the fundamental knowledge of drug action.


Seminars & Events

Department of Pharmacology 2016 Annual Retreat

Friday, September 16, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This year's retreat will focus on the theme of "Combating Viruses" and will feature:

Keynote Speaker
Daria Hazuda, Ph.D.
Vice President & Therapeutic Area Head of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines
Merck Research Laboratories

Talks will also be given by faculty, students and postdoctoral associates affiliated with the Department of Pharmacology.


News Highlights

Pharmacology Department Pilot Program in Drug Discovery Awardees

The Department of Pharmacology has established drug discovery as an area of strategic importance for future growth and success of the department. To that end it has decided to provide seed money for new drug discovery efforts (not currently funded through existing grants) that have high potential for future funding.

Three primary faculty have been awarded funding through the department's new Pilot Program in Drug Discovery:

  • Dr. Hiroshi Hiasa
  • Dr. Jonathan Marchant
  • Dr. Li-Na Wei

Please congratulate them on this funding and wish them best of luck as they begin their research!

New Publication in Neuropharmacology from Dr. Anna Lee's Lab

Congratulations to Dr. Anna Lee and her lab for recently publishing a paper in Neuropharmacology entitled:“Voluntary Co-Consumption of Alcohol and Nicotine: Effects of Abstinence, Intermittency and Withdrawal in Mice”