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

What is Pharmacology? - With Department Symbol

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

Pharmacology 2nd Year Student Seminars

Tuesdays, 2-520 Moos Tower
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

November 8

Ben Brian
"Investigating tumor-associated macrophage signaling through the Src Family Kinase Lyn"

Mariya Shapovalova
"Biomarker-driven imaging of prostate cancer using the transcriptional system of α-methylacyl-CoA racemase

November 15

Baovi Vo
"Molecular mechanisms and therapeutic potential of inhibitory G protein signaling in anxiety-related disorders

Paige Smith
"Development of targeted agents for aggressive prostate cancer"

November 22

Allison Anderson
Targeting the parasympathetic regulation of cardiac physiology to treat heart arrhythmia

Abir Majumdar
"Investigating the mechanism of allosteric activation in Cyclin Dependent Kinase 2"


News Highlights

Welcome to our Incoming Graduate Students!

Please give a warm welcome to our incoming graduate students:

Ph.D. Students

  • Maram Essawy
  • Hallie Hintz
  • Eric Lake
  • Timothy Rose
  • Nawal Yahya
  • Yuan Zheng

Master's Students

  • Shilvi Joshi
  • Oshin Miranda
  • Jennifer Nhieu

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!