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

Student Seminars

"Conformationalheterogeneity as a control mechanism in the(in)activation of Cdk2"

Thursday, August 22
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
2-101 NHH

Abir Majumdar
2nd Year Ph.D. Student
Department of Pharmacology
University of Minnesota

Department of Pharmacology 2017 Annual Retreat

September 15, 2017

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Commons Hotel
2nd Floor
East Wing

Register for the Retreat
Register a Poster


News Highlights

Dr. Yan Yan completes Pharmacology Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Yan Yan for successfully defending her thesis and completing her doctorate in Pharmacology!

Please congratulate Dr. Yan on this important milestone in her career!

Dr. Bryant Moeller completes Pharmacology Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Bryant Moeller for successfully defending his thesis and completing his doctorate in Pharmacology!

Please congratulate Dr. Moeller on this important milestone in his career!

Dr. Nicholas Levinson has been awarded an NIH R21 Grant

Dr. Nicholas Levinson has successfully secutred an NIH R21 Grant entitled "A Novel time-resolved flourescence-based high-throughput screening technology for discovering allosteric kinase inhibitors".

Please congratulate the Levinson Lab on their latest achievement!