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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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Seminars & Events

Joint Pharmacology/MDTA Seminar

“Molecules and circuits necessary for goal-directed decision making”

Friday, November 16, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 am
2-101 NHH

Shannon Gourley
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Emory University

Host: Jocelyn Richard

Student Seminar Series

"Dissection of a DNA-Protein Crosslink Repair Mechanism in Mammalian Mitochondria"

"Rescuing ApoE4 Lipidation Deficit as a Potential Therapeutic Strategy for Alzheimer's Disease"

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
12:15 - 1:15 pm
2-101 NHH

Maram Essawy
3rd Year PhD Student
Advisor: Colin Campbell

Stephanie Ortiz
2nd Year PhD Student
Advisor: Ling Li

Special Seminar

"Alzheimer’s disease and the mechanisms of synapse loss"

Friday, December 7, 2018
10:30 - 11:30 am
2-530 Moos

Morgan Sheng
Vice President

Host: Pharmacology Graduate and Postdoctoral Trainees


News Highlights

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.

Read about the current issue 

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!