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:
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.
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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