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:


Binita Rajbanshi, PhD stands under an arch for the Walk to End Alzheimer's

Recent Pharm Grad Binita Rajbanshi Part of Groundbreaking Alzheimer's Research

University of Virginia neuroscientists have revealed how a toxic form of tau protein, notorious for forming tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease and several other neurodegenerative disorders, spreads through the brain as the disease progresses. The first author of the paper is Binita Rajbanshi, a recently graduated pharmacology Ph.D. student. The other team members were Anuj Guruacharya, James Mandell and George Bloom.

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Dr. Jeffry Martens in his lab

Jeffrey R. Martens, PhD, Appointed as Senior Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Martens will be based in the Pharmacology department for his research in the heart, and olfactory systems. He will be coming to UVA from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.

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Marcia Haigis (2022 Joseph Larner Lecturer)

2022 Larner Lecture-Dr. Marcia Haigis- Friday, October 21, 2022@9:30AM

The 2022 Joseph Larner Memorial Lecture in Pharmacology was presented by Marcia Haigis, PhD (Harvard Medical School) on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 9:30 AM in the Pinn Hall Conference Center Auditorium. She spoke on “Multifaceted Mitochondria in Health and Disease.” The lecture was free and open to all.

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Congratulations to Binita Rajbanshi: Dissertation Defense!

The Pharmacology Department would like to send out a huge congrats to Binita Rajbanshi (Pharmacology Graduate Student in the lab of George Bloom) for presenting  her Dissertation Defense on Tuesday,…

2022 Pharmacology Retreat Awards

The Annual Pharmacology Research Retreat was held on Thursday October 13, 2022 at Morven . It was a wonderful day of fellowship, sharing of research projects of our students and faculty,…

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Pharmacology Faculty Candidate Seminar

[Pinn Hall 5023] Hosted by the Pharmacology Faculty Search Committee

Gene Therapeutic Rescue of Olfactory Dysfunction

[Pinn Hall 5023] The Pharmacology Department welcomes the new Senior Associate Dean of Research for the School of Medicine, Jeffrey Martens, PhD, as he presents his research.

Pharmacology Seminar by Fikadu G. Tafesse, PhD

[Pinn 1017] Hosted by Pharm Grad Students, Fikadu G. Tafesse, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Tafesse Lab focuses on identifying and characterizing the host factors that…

Pharmacology Seminar by David Breault, PhD

[Pinn 1017] Hosted by Nick Guagliardo, David Breault, M.D. PhD, is Principal Faculty member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and a Member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology…

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