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, February 10th, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2-101 NHH


Paolo Provenzano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Minnesota Medical School - Twin Cities


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