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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Kudos to the Guyenet & Okusa Labs for Recent Publication in PNAS

Maybe you missed the latest paper detailing the work of a UVA SOM collaboration between the Department of Pharmacology and Nephrology. Dr. Shinji Tanaka from the Okusa lab (Nephrology) and the Guyenet lab (Pharm) combine to map the signaling pathways that contribute to the beneficial effects of vagus nerve stimulation.
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Matteo Ottolini

Congratulations to Matteo Ottolini- PhD Dissertation Defense!

Motteo Ottoloni (Pharmacology Graduate Student in Dr.Swapnil Sonkusare’s Lab), will be presenting his Dissertation Defense on Thursday, August 19, 2021. He will be talking about, “Endothelial TRPV4 Channel Signaling in Blood Pressure Regulation”
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Irina Bochkis, UVA Pharmacology

New Research from the Bochkis Lab Could Boost Drug Development for Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders

Exciting new research from Irina Bochkis’s Lab outline an entirely new paradigm to explain the activation of a type of hormone receptor, known as Type II receptors, found inside our cells’ nuclei. These receptors play important roles in our body’s use of cholesterol and glucose, among other critical processes. Bochkis and her team found a complex cascade of events that would be required to activate these hormone receptors.
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Kudos to the Guyenet & Okusa Labs for Recent Publication in PNAS

Maybe you missed the latest paper detailing the work of a UVA SOM collaboration between the Department of Pharmacology and Nephrology. Dr. Shinji Tanaka from the Okusa lab (Nephrology) and the…

Congratulations to Matteo Ottolini- PhD Dissertation Defense!

Motteo Ottoloni (Pharmacology Graduate Student in Dr.Swapnil Sonkusare's Lab), will be presenting  his Dissertation Defense on Thursday, August 19, 2021. He will be talking about, "Endothelial TRPV4 Channel Signaling in…

New Research from the Bochkis Lab Could Boost Drug Development for Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders

Exciting new research from Irina Bochkis's Lab (UVA Pharmacology) outline an entirely new paradigm to explain the activation of a type of hormone receptor, known as Type II receptors, found…

Kudos to Ukpong Eyo-UVA Today Q&A: How Microglia Could Change Medicine

Ukpong Eyo, PhD (Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacology Preceptor), was featured in UVAToday as he discussed microglia (a type of cells in the central nervous system) and the work…

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"The Composition, Organization and Functions of Mammalian Plasma Membranes" by Ilya Leventhal, PhD

[Pinn 1017] Hosted by Thurl Harris, Phd, Ilya Leventhal, PhD is an Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, University of Virginia. The overall focus of the Levental laboratory…
Sep
23

Pharmacology Seminar by David Klorig, PhD

[Pinn 1017] Hosted by Edward Perez-Reyes, PhD, David Klorig, PhD, is a Instructor in the Neurobiology and Anatomy Department at Wake Forest. Dr. Klorig's research focuses on normal and pathological…
Oct
7

Pharmacology Seminar by Philipp Niethammer, PhD

[Pinn 1017] Hosted by Bimal Desai, PhD, Philipp Niethammer, PhD, is a Professor at the Sloan Kettering Institute, New York, NY The Niethammer Lab studies the chemical and physical mechanisms…
Oct
28

"Nuclear Receptors, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism"-2021 Joseph Larner Memorial Lecture in Pharmacology by Mitch A. Lazar, MD, PhD

[PHCC Conference Center] A lectureship was established to honor the memory of Joseph Larner, who served as Professor and Chair of the Pharmacology Department for many years. During his time…
Nov
5

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