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:


Congrats: John Lazo named a Pharmacology ASPET Fellow

ASPET recently announced a new Fellows Program to honor its most distinguished members. One of those distinguished members was our very own, Dr. John Lazo. Selection as a fellow of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (FASPET) is an honor bestowed on ASPET members who have demonstrated excellence via their overall contributions to pharmacology and the Society. Fellows are recognized for their meritorious efforts to advance pharmacology, through their scientific achievements, mentorship, and service to the Society. Congratulations, Dr. Lazo! UVA Pharmacology thanks you for your many outstanding contributions to research, teaching and mentorship. You are greatly appreciated!
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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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ATTN: Pharm Faculty and Graduate Students- Undergraduate Research Fair on Sept. 18

  Looking for undergraduates to join your research group? The Undergraduate Research Network (URN) invites you to participate in the Undergraduate Research Fair on Wednesday September 18th from 1-3 p.m.…

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…

"Tools for Studying Neural Circuit Function" (NGP/Pharmacology Seminar)by Loren Looger

[PINN 1-14] Hosted by Julius Zhu (NGP Seminar Co-sponsored by Pharmacology), Loren Looger, PhD is a Janelia Group Leader, Engineering Proteins in the Brain, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA Looger…

"Anti-Obesity Drug Development: The Potential and the Challenge" by Chien Li

[Pinn 1-17] Hosted by Michael Scott, Chien Li, PhD is a Principal Research Scientist, Novo Nordisk Research Center, Oregon Health and Science University, Seattle, WA Novo Nordisk's research center in…

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