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 Thesis Defense Seminar

"Targeting insulin receptor in human breast cancer using engineered protein scaffolds"

Thursday, April 6th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
450 MCRB

Jie Ying Chan
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Pharmacology
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Adviser: Dr. Douglas Yee

Pharmacology Seminar Series

"Structure-Guided Discovery of Biased Dopamine and Serotonin Ligands: Lessons from the LSD Crystal Structure"

Friday, April 7
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall

John McCorvy, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Host: Dr. Jonathan Marchant

Pharmacology Seminar Series

Biotechne Sponsored Pharmacology Systems Seminar


Friday, April 14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall

Jeffrey Tyner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell, Development & Cancer Biology
School of Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University
Host: Dr. Cheuk Leung


News Highlights

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 theirnew 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!