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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. Learn more.



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We conduct high-impact research that advances our understanding of physiology and drug action, while seeking new insights that can be exploited to treat human disease. See our research focus areas.



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We provide high-quality teaching of the principles of pharmacology to the next generation of scientists and medical professionals. Learn more about the Undergraduate Minor in Pharmacology and the Graduate Program in Pharmacology.



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We provide scientific expertise and other services to the University of Minnesota and community at large. Read more about how we are committed to making a difference.


Seminars & Events

Student Research Seminar

Title forthcoming

Friday, April 12, 2019
1:00 - 2:00 pm
2-137 Jackson

Daniel Bruce
PhD Candidate
Advisor: George Wilcox

Seminar Series

Title forthcoming

Friday, April 19, 2019
10:00 - 11:00 am
2-101 NHH

Gary Miller
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University

Host: Steven Graves


News Highlights

Dr. Aaron LeBeau awarded Prostate Cancer Foundation Challenge Award 

Dr. Aaron Lebeau has been awarded the Prostate Cancer Foundation Challenge Award to further his work identifying new therapies for prostate cancer. Dr. LeBeau is working with Dr. Branden Moriarity in Pediatrics on reserach that focuses on using the patient's own immune system to fight prostate cancer. 

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Dr. Carolyn Fairbanks named Associate Dean of Research for the UMN College of Pharmacy

Dr. Carolyn Fairbanks (1998 - Mentor: George Wilcox) has been named Associate Dean of Research for the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy effective July 9th, 2018. Dr. Fairbanks is a Professor of Pharmaceutics, with a joint appointment in Neuroscience and Pharmacology.

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Dr. Jessica Martin's paper highlighted in the Journal of Virology

Dr. Jessica Martin (2017) has published a paper with data featured on the cover of the current issue of the Journal of Virology. Dr. Martin's paper, Critical Role of the Human T-Cell Leukemia Virus Type 1 Capsid N-Terminal Domain for Gag-Gag Interactions and Virus Particle Assembly, is part of her dissertation research conducted in Dr. Louis Mansky's lab.

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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.

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