At a Glance



Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Colin Campbell

Graduate Program Assistant
Jim Shoemaker

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The pharmacology program offers a variety of different options for you to gain experience and knowledge through a degree path that best fits your career goals:


The Pharmacology Ph.D program at the University of Minnesota is designed to provide a solid understanding of basic pharmacology and to prepare our graduates to pursue careers as independent scientists and pharmacologists.


Our M.S. program is designed to provide career-focused individuals with a highly individualized program of study. Graduates of this program will find that they have built a strong platform to reach towards their future goals.

Joint degrees

The Pharmacology Graduate Program participates in both the M.D./Ph.D. program and the J.D./Ph.D. Program provided by the university. Both of these joint degree programs allow motivated students to earn a dual degree in less time than it would normally take.

Research focus areas:medium spiny neurons in the nucleus accumbens

  • Cancer and infectious diseases: Researching the fundamental aspects of how cancer cells proliferate and metastasize, how inflammatory and immunological responses are modulated during infection and what the structural basis of virus host cell interaction are.  
  • Neuropharmacology and neurodegeneration: Innovative research directed at mechanisms of neuronal function under normal conditions and in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.
  • Cell signaling: Investigating a spectrum of cellular and molecular processes regulating the mammalian genome in healthy cells, as well as how they may go wrong in diseased conditions.  
  • Drug addiction and toxicology: Using multidisciplinary approaches involving cell and animal models to address drug addiction’s key questions: why some individuals transit from casual drug use to addiction, and why drug relapse is so common.

Full list of faculty and research interests