Department of Pharmacology

Pharmacology is a broad and integrative discipline that focuses on the interaction of living cells with the regulatory molecules in their environment. It is a diverse science that proves basic mechanisms of molecular and cellular function with the knowledge that unraveling these mechanisms will lead to new therapeutic approaches to a variety of diseases. The Department of Pharmacology has a unique role within the basic biomedical sciences: to conduct investigations into the fundamental principles of cell function and translate these findings to clinical applications.

Our faculty offer a variety of exciting research opportunities in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, including the following Research Interests:

 

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Elizabeth Sharlow, PhD – Promoted to Professor of Research in Pharmacology

The Pharmacology department is sending out kudos to Beth Sharlow! Effective July 1, Dr. Sharlow is promoted to Professor of Research in Pharmacology. Dr. Sharlow’s research focuses on drug discovery and development in cancer and neurodegeneration.
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Zhen Yan

Kudos to Dr. Zhen Yan- Weightlifting Mice Could Possibly Lead Us to An Exercise Pill

Pharmacology is sending kudos to Zhen Yan, PhD (Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine and joint appointee in Pharmacology) for making headlines again for his recent work as an exercise researcher at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Could his research be leading us to an exercise pill? Well, Dr. Yan has developed an innovative mouse model of exercise that will let scientists better understand how resistance training affects the muscles and the metabolic processes in the body. By understanding these metabolic changes, doctors may one day be able to duplicate these benefits through medication for people who can’t exercise.
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Congratulations to Merci Best- Recipient of the Double Hoo Research Award!

Pharmacology is sending out kudos to Merci Ngozi Best (3rd Year Pharmacology Student in George Bloom’s Lab) for being one of the recipients of the UVA Double Hoo research awards. Merci will be working with Yunu Lim (a second-year neuroscience major), to research the interplay between tau, a protein with significant implications in Alzheimer’s disease, and the axon initial segment in a cellular model of Alzheimer’s disease. The Double Hoo awards fund collaborations between undergraduate and graduate students and includes $6000 toward research expenses, funded through the Robert C. Taylor Fund. Way to go Merci! You can learn more about this award and the remaining Double Hoo recipients by following the link below.
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Elizabeth Sharlow, PhD – Promoted to Professor of Research in Pharmacology

The Pharmacology department is sending out kudos to Beth Sharlow! Effective July 1,  Dr. Sharlow is promoted to Professor of Research in Pharmacology. Dr. Sharlow’s research focuses on drug discovery…

Kudos to Dr. Zhen Yan- Weightlifting Mice Could Possibly Lead Us to An Exercise Pill

Pharmacology is sending kudos to Zhen Yan, PhD (Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine and joint appointee in Pharmacology) for making headlines again for his recent work as an exercise researcher…

Congratulations to Merci Best- Recipient of the Double Hoo Research Award!

Pharmacology is sending out kudos to Merci Ngozi Best (3rd Year Pharmacology Student in George Bloom’s Lab) for being one of the recipients of the UVA Double Hoo research awards.…

Gaultier and Rosen Make Headlines for Discovery of A Potential Treatment for COVID-19

UVA researchers Alban Gaultier (one of our Pharmacology Training Faculty)  and Dorian Rosen (one of our Pharmacology Student Alumni) found last year that fluvoxamine may stop the deadly inflammation known…
Jul
16

"Stress, Sex and Coping" by Rita Valentino

[via Zoom] Hosted by John Lazo, Rita Valentino, PhD is the Director, Divisionof Neuroscience and Behavior, NIDA, NationalInstitute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda,MD
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