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 conducts high-impact research that advances the fundamental knowledge of drug action.


Seminars & Events

Preliminary Oral Examination Seminar

"NK cell immunotherapy targeting the prostate cancer stroma"

Friday, June 29, 2018
9:00 - 10:00 am
2-137 Jackson

Hallie Hintz
2nd Year PhD Student

Mentor: Dr. Aaron LeBeau

Thesis Defense Seminar

"Repair of DNA-protein crosslinks in mammalian cells"

Friday, June 29, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 pm
2-101 NHH

Lisa Chesner
Doctoral Candidate

Mentor: Dr. Colin Campbell

Graduate Faculty Candidate Seminar

"Role of Androgen Receptor and Androgen Receptor Variants in Prostate Cancer"

Friday, July 6, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 am
2-101 NHH

Scott Dehm
Associate Professor

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
University of Minnesota


News Highlights

Pharmacology Alumnus Ajay Yekkirala was recently featured on CBS This Morning

Dr. Ajay Yekkirala (PhD 2011, mentored by Dr. Philip Portoghese) was recently featured on CBS This Morning. His company, Blue Therapeutics, is finding new, non-addictive chemicals to manage pain and combat opioid dependency.

Click here to watch the news segment!

Pharmacology Alumnus, Dr. Pancras Wong, receives prestigious award!

Pancras Wong (PhD 1981, mentored by Professor Ben Zimmerman) was recently awarded the Sir James Black Award for Contributions to Drug Discovery by the British Pharmacological Society.  This award recognizes Pancras and his team for their work on the discovery of/original research on Eliquis® (apixaban, an anticoagulant that acts as a factor Xa inhibitor, inhibiting the formation of thrombin).

Dr. Hiroshi Hiasa featured in a Masonic Charities Spotlight

Dr. Hiroshi Hiasa has been featured on the Minnesota Masonic Charities UMF website! The article highlights his discovery of two novel topoisomerase inhibiting compounds.

Read the Spotlight