At a Glance

As of Fall 2016, the Department of Pharmacology resides in approximately 40,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space with state-of-the-art equipment for biomedical research.

The department remains one of the top-rated pharmacology departments in the country, with annual funding of over $9 million.

The 51 interdisciplinary graduate faculty members come from many backgrounds including pharmacology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, and genetics. Our faculty members have a diverse array of research specialties ranging from cancer and neuroscience to cell signaling, drug addiction and toxicology.


The graduate faculty are drawn from within our own department, as well as from other departments within the Medical School and the Academic Health Center. In addition to participating in teaching pharmacology to professional students in the Medical School and College of Pharmacy, the graduate faculty are also involved in mentoring pharmacology graduate students.

Graduate and undergraduate programs

The graduate program is primarily structured as a PhD program; however, the department also offers a MS degree and participates in the MD/PhD Program and the Joint Degree (PhD/JD) Program in Law, Health and Life Sciences. Currently, 33 students are enrolled in our PhD graduate program, conducting research on molecular and cellular mechanism of drug actions. Most of our PhD students complete their coursework and graduation requirements within 5 1/2 years, and they are financially supported either by predoctoral fellowships, by two training grants that the graduate faculty participate in, or by individual research grants of the mentors. Graduates of the program typically accept postdoctoral positions at major research universities or industrial positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

We currently also have 13 students enrolled in our Masters program and 158 students are enrolled in our undergraduate curriculum. Undergraduates at the University of Minnesota can pursue a minor in pharmacology through completion of 12 credits of study designed to educate students in the fundamentals of drug action and the principles of pharmacology. As of Spring 2018, 107 students have declared a minor in pharmacology.

2016 Pharmacology Group Photo October 2016