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.


We Are An Inclusive Community

The Department of Pharmacology welcomes people of all backgrounds, nationalities, and ethnic groups. We support and welcome diversity, and know that diversity makes us stronger. We can only accomplish our goals by valuing a wide variety of perspectives and ideas.


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 Seminar Series

Friday, December 9
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
2-101 NHH

"Heat Shock Transcription Factors in Protein Misfolding and Neurodegenerative Disease"

Dennis J. Thiele, Ph.D.
George Barth Geller Professor
Departments of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology,
Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Duke University School of Medicine

Pharmacology Thesis Defense Seminar

Friday, December 16
10:00 am - 11:00 am
2-101 NHH

"The Functional Role of Receptor- Interacting Protein 140 (RIP140) in Innate Immunity and Metabolic Syndrome"

Yi-Wei Lin
Department of Pharmacology
University of Minnesota
Faculty Mentor: Li-Na Wei

Pharmacology Club Meeting

Thursday, December 7
4:30 pm - 5:30pm
4-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall

"Career in Pharmacology as a biotech executive" - A career development & networking event

Dr. Heather Meehan
VP of Commercial Operations
Quanta BioSciences/5PRIME/QIAGEN


News Highlights

Congratulations to the 2016 Annual Retreat Dr. Louise Nutter Memorial Poster Session Winners:

Graduate Student Winners

  • Winner - Amanda Oliveira (center)
  • Runner-up - Gihan Gunaratne (left)
  • Runner-up - Christopher Richards (right)
  • Pictured with co-DGS - Dr. Jill Siegfried & Jonathan Marchant

Graduate Poster Winners - Amanda Salzwedel, Christopher Richards, Gihan Gunaratne - Pictured with Co-DGS Jill Siegfried and Jonathan Marchant