The Ph.D. program in Pharmacology is designed to provide students with training in the Pharmacological Sciences and thus prepare them for a career in modern biomedical research. Through a combination of laboratory research and didactic coursework, our program prepares students to shape the future and leave a mark on the world by pioneering the development of exciting and powerful new treatments, cures, and therapies while expanding our knowledge of human disease.

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Program Faculty

  • Paula Q. Barrett
    Regulation of low-voltage activated T-type Ca2+ channel activity by kinases and heterotrimeric G-proteins and their roles in physiological responses.
  • Douglas A. Bayliss
    Mechanisms of neuromodulation in central neurons
  • Mark P. Beenhakker
    Circuit mechanisms of sleep and epilepsy
  • Michelle Bland
    Molecular mechanisms linking inflammation and insulin signaling to control cell growth and metabolism
  • Irina Bochkis
    Epigenetic and genetic mechanisms underlying metabolic disease
  • David L. Brautigan
    Protein Phosphorylation in Cell Signaling
  • John H. Bushweller
    Structural and Functional Basis for Oncogenesis; Targeted Drug Development; Structural Studies of Membrane Proteins
  • George Christ
    Functional Genomics
  • Mete Civelek
    Systems Genetics Approaches to Understand Cardiometabolic Traits
  • Linda Columbus
    Biophysical Chemistry: Membrane protein structure, function, and dynamics
  • Jeffrey T. Corwin
    Regeneration and Developmental Biology of the Hearing and Balance Organs in the Vertebrate Ear.
  • Carl E. Creutz
    Calcium-dependent, membrane-binding proteins and mechanisms of exocytosis.
  • Alison K. Criss
    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of Neisserial pathogenesis
  • Bimal N. Desai
    Ion channels and Ca2+-signaling in inflammation and immunity
  • Anindya Dutta
    Genomic Instability in Cancer Cells; Noncoding RNAs in differentiation and cancer
  • Alban Gaultier
    Exploring new therapeutics avenues to cure Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Adam N. Goldfarb
    Hematopathology and Understanding the Molecular Basis of Hematopoiesis and Leukemogenesis
  • Patrice G. Guyenet
    Neural control of blood pressure and respiration
  • Thurl E Harris
    Molecular mechanisms controlling insulin signaling and fat synthesis.
  • Ku-Lung Hsu
    Lipid Metabolism in Inflammation and Immunity
  • Brant Isakson
    Intercellular communication as it relates to blood pressure regulation
  • Kevin A. Janes
    Systems-biology approaches to cancer biology and virology.
  • Laura Jansen
    Pediatric Epilepsy, Human Brain Development, Inhibitory Neurotransmission
  • Alexandra Kadl
    Lung injury and repair, sepsis
  • Kimberly Kelly
    Advancement in the design of imaging agents; molecular imaging and radiological sciences.
  • Mark Kester
    Nanotechnologies for targeted drug delivery
  • Gilbert Kinsey
    Acute Kidney Injury, Regulatory T Cells, Innate Immune Response
  • Jonathan Kipnis
    Neuroimmunology and glia biology in cognition, neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration
  • Charles Landen
    Mechanisms of Chemotherapy Resistance in Ovarian and Other Gynecologic Malignancies
  • John S. Lazo
    The mechanism of action of small molecules and the fundamental biological role of protein tyrosine phosphatases
  • Norbert Leitinger
    Role of lipid oxidation products in inflammation and vascular immunology in atherosclerosis and diabetes
  • Thomas P Loughran, Jr.
    Hematologic malignancies; bone marrow disorders; leukemia; large granular lymphocyte (LGL)
  • Kevin R. Lynch
    Chemical biology of sphingosine 1-phosphate
  • Coleen A. McNamara
    Atherosclerosis, Obesity, Diabetes
  • Robert K. Nakamoto
    Structure-Function of Active Transporters
  • Shayn M. Peirce-Cottler
    Tissue Engineering and Regeneration, Computational Systems Biology, Vascular Growth and Remodeling, Stem Cell Therapies
  • Edward Perez-Reyes
    Exploring epilepsy circuits then preventing seizures using AAV-based gene therapies.
  • Kodi S. Ravichandran
    Apoptotic cell clearance mechanisms in health and disease
  • Jeffrey J. Saucerman
    Roles of complex signaling networks involved in the regulation of cardiovascular function and disease
  • Ira G. Schulman
    Regulation of transcription by nuclear hormone receptors, transcriptional control of metabolism, atherosclerosis, Small molecule approaches to drug discovery
  • Michael M. Scott
    Investigation of the neuronal circuits and epigenetic modifications involved in the control of food and drug reward
  • Swapnil Sonkusare
    Microcirculation, vascular ion channels, calcium signaling mechanisms, endothelial cells, hypertension
  • Zhen Yan
    Molecular and Signaling Mechanisms of Skeletal Muscle Plasticity
  • J. Julius Zhu
    Neural Circuits in Healthy and Diseased Brains
  • Hui Zong
    Mouse models of brain cancers