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.


News Highlights

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.

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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.

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Pharmacology Alumnus, Dr. Pancras Wong, receives prestigious award!

Pancras Wong (PhD 1981, mentored by Professor Ben Zimmerman) was recently awarded the Sir James Black Award for Contributions to Drug Discovery by the British Pharmacological Society.  This award recognizes Pancras and his team for their work on the discovery of/original research on Eliquis® (apixaban, an anticoagulant that acts as a factor Xa inhibitor, inhibiting the formation of thrombin).


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We provide high quality teaching of the principles of pharmacology and the application of pharmacology to the biomedical sciences.


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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.