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 Club Meeting

Wednesday, November 9
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
4-101 NHH

"Become a strong applicant for Pharmacy School"

Ms. Rachel Van Den Broek
College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois

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

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 MarchantUndergraduate Student Winner

  • Winner - Dahlia Maxon
  • Pictured with DUS - Dr. Hiroshi Hiasa

Undergraduate poster winner - Dahlia Maxon. Pictured with Hiroshi Hiasa