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:

 

Kudos to Dr. Mark Kester: Synthetic Biology Initiative at UVA

Biomedical engineer Mark Kester, left, and biologist Keith Kozminski are spearheading the synthetic biology initiative at UVA. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)
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Congrats: BOV Promotes Three Pharmacology Faculty

The Pharmacology Department would like to congratulate three of our faculty who were recently promoted by the UVA Board of Visitors. Drs. Todd Fox and Zheng “John” Fu were promoted to Associate Professors, and Dr. Thurl Harris received the Award of Tenure.
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Merci Best spotted in Woods Hole, Massachusetts!

he Pharmacology department would like to send our sincere gratitude to Merci Best (Pharmacology Graduate student in George Bloom’s Lab)for her involvement in so many amazing things during the summer! As part of her participation in the Summer Program in Neuroscience, Excellence and Success (SPINES) course, Merci was recently spotted by some of our faculty all the way out at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. At a joint meeting with other MBL courses, Merci discussed her hypothesis on how tau (an axon-enriched neuronal protein) accumulates in neuronal soma and dendrites in Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
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Congrats: BOV Promotes Three Pharmacology Faculty

The Pharmacology Department would like to congratulate three of our faculty who were recently promoted by the UVA Board of Visitors. Drs. Todd Fox and Zheng “John” Fu were promoted to Associate…

Merci Best spotted in Woods Hole, Massachusetts!

The Pharmacology department would like to send our sincere gratitude to Merci Best (Pharmacology Graduate student in George Bloom’s Lab)for her involvement in so many amazing things during the summer!…

Kudos to Matteo Ottolini: Recipient of 2019 Wagner Fellowship Award

The Pharmacology Department would like to send out huge congratulations to Matteo Ottolini (Pharmacology Grad Student in Dr. Swapnil Sonkusare's Lab),  for being one of the 12 BIMS students to…

Kudos to Anders Nelson: Winner of the 2019 GBS Student Image Competition!

The GBS Symposium was held on this year on March 15, 2019. Each year, GBS prides itself on showcasing the research of graduate students in BIMS, Biology, and Chemistry in a lunchtime…

"Janu-Faced Effects of TLR4 on Hippocampal Dentate Excitability and their Long-Term Inpact on Network Function After Traumatic Brain Injury" by Viji Santhakumar

[Pinn 1-17] Hosted by Mark Beenhakker, Viji Santhakumar, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, University of California, Riverside, CA The Santhakumar lab is dedicated to studying…
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