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

"Imaging phagocytosis: receptors, kinases and the cytoskeleton"

Friday, April 20th
10:00 am - 11:00 am
2-101 NHH

Sergio Grinstein
University of Toronto


News Highlights

Dr. Steven Graves has joined the Department of Pharmacology!

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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. 

Dr. Sade Spencer has joined the Department of Pharmacology and the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction!

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Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sade Spencer  to the Department of Pharmacology! Dr. Spencer is a joint hire between the Medical Discovery Team on Drug Addiction and the Department of Pharmacology. Dr. Spencer joins the University of Minnesota from the Kalivas lab at the medical University of South Carolina.

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