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 Student Seminar

"The role of the Src-family kinase LynA in macrophage-targeted cancer therapy"

Tuesday, June 27
10:00 am - 11:00 am
2-620 Moos Tower

Ben Brian
2nd Year Pharmacology Student
Department of Pharmacology
University of Minnesota

Pharmacology + Medical Discovery Team on Addiction Seminar

"Mitochondrial oxidant stress, Parkinson’s disease and methamphetamine"

Tuesday, June 27
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall

Steven Graves, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Neuroscience Addiction Seminar

"Control-Alter-Delete: Epigenetic Regulation in Brain Reward Circuitry"

Thursday, June 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall

Jeremy Day
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurobiology
Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute
The University of Alabama at Birmingham


News Highlights

Dr. Jie Ying Chan has completed a Ph.D. Degree in Pharmacology

Dr. Jie Ying Chan has successfully defended her thesis and completed her doctorate in Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Pharmacology.

Thesis Title:
“Targeting insulin receptor in human breast cancer using engineered protein scaffolds”

Dr. Chan will be continuing to work with her mentor, Dr. Douglas Yee, as she explores her career and employment oportunities.

Dr. Cheuk Leung has been awarded an NIH R01 Grant!

Dr. Cheuk Leung has successfully secured an NIH r01 Grant entitled "Control of quiescence and outgrowth in latent breast preneoplastic cells"! Please congratulate him on his latest achievement!

New Publication From the Levinson Lab

Congratulations to the Levinson Lab on their new publication!

  1. A water-mediated allosteric network governs activation of Aurora kinase A.
    Soreen Cyphers, Emily F Ruff, Julie M Behr, John D Chodera, Nicholas M Levinson
    Nature Chemical Biology (2017) doi:10.1038/nchembio.2296

Mariya Shapovalova Awarded DOD Fellowship

Mariya Shapovalova, a 2nd year Pharmacology Ph.D. Student in Dr. Aaron LeBeau’s lab, has been awarded a Fellowship from the Department of Defense’s Prostate Cancer Research Program! This Program aims "to find and fund research that will lead to the elimination of death from prostate cancer and enhance the well-being of men experiencing the impact of the disease."

Please congratulate Mariya on this outstanding achievement!