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 Thesis Defense

"HIV-1 Counteraction Mechanisms Versus APOBEC3-mediated Restriction"

Friday, June 8, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm
1-125 CCRB

Christopher Richards
Doctoral Candidate

Mentor: Dr. Reuben Harris


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!