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

Pharmacology Seminar

"RBP2 and RBP4: Distinct Roles for Two Retinol-Binding Proteins in Metabolic Disease"

Friday, May 4th
10:00 - 11:00 am
2-101 NHH

William Blaner
Columbia University

Thesis Defense Seminar

“Molecular insight into the clonal expansion advantage of quiescent pre-neoplastic breast cells”

Friday, May 4th
1:00 - 2:00 pm
2-101 NHH

Zahra Masoud
PhD Student
Department of Pharmacology


News Highlights

Dr. Justin Drake has joined the Department of Pharmacology!

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We are pleased to welcome Dr. Justin Drake to the Department of Pharmacology. Dr. Drake’s research focuses on blending basic and translational research approaches to better understand the signaling networks in lethal metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer, and how to more effectively treat patients who are suffering from this disease using rationalized targeted therapies. Dr. Drake joins us from the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Drake to the Department and the University!

Dr. Steven Graves has joined the Department of Pharmacology!

Steven Graves

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Steven Graves as a new tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology! The recruitment of Dr. Graves was made possible with generous support from the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction and the Institute for Translational Neuroscience. Dr. Graves applies techniques in behavioral pharmacology, electrophysiology, biochemistry, two-photon imaging, and optogenetics to understand mechanisms underlying the neurotoxic effects of drugs like methamphetamine, the neuroadaptations that support addictive behaviors, and circuit dynamics associated with motor dysfunction in Parkinson's disease.