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

Faculty Recruit Seminar

Medical Discovery Team on Addiction &
Department of Pharmacology

"Serotonin activates aversive circuits in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis: Implications for antidepressant efficacy and alcohol dependence.​"

Thursday, March 2
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
2-520 Moos Tower

Catherine Marcinkiewcz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Pharmacology
University of North Caronlina

Pharmacology Seminar Series

"Resident Memory T Cells"

Friday, March 3
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2-101 NHH

David Masopust, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Minnesota Medical School - Twin Cities

Pharmacology Club Meeting

"Careers in Pharmacology: advancing individualized medicine"

Wednesday, March 8
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
4-101 NHH

Dr. Erica Schnettler
Medical Science Liason


News Highlights

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!

New Publications From The Wickman Lab

Congratulations to the Wickman Lab on their two new publications!

  1. Suppression of inhibitory G protein signaling in forebrain pyramidal neurons triggers plasticity of glutamatergic neurotransmission in the nucleus accumbens core.
    Marron Fernandez de Velasco E, Carlblom N, Xia Z, Wickman K.
    Neuropharmacology. 2017 Jan 25. pii: S0028-3908(17)30022-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2017.01.021. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28131769

  2. Selective Ablation of GIRK Channels in Dopamine Neurons Alters Behavioral Effects of Cocaine in Mice.
    McCall NM, Kotecki L, Dominguez-Lopez S, Marron Fernandez de Velasco E, Carlblom N, Sharpe AL, Beckstead MJ, Wickman K.
    Neuropsychopharmacology. 2017 Feb;42(3):707-715. doi: 10.1038/npp.2016.138 PMID: 27468917