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:

 

Congratulations to Matteo Ottolini and Swapnil Sonkusare on recent publication in Circulation

Matteo Ottolini (Pharmacology Graduate Student in Dr. Swapnil Sonkusare’s Lab) is first author of an exciting paper recently published in Circulation. In this paper, Matteo and colleagues in the Sonkusare Lab show novel pathological signaling microdomains that contribute to high blood pressure in obesity.
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Kudos to Ken Hsu for earning an NSF Career Award

Ken Hsu (Assistant Professor of Chemistry and joint appointment in Pharmacology) makes headlines again in UVA Today for earning one the National Science Foundation’s Early Career Development Program Awards, which support junior faculty members who perform outstanding research and are regarded as exceptional teachers. He will be using his award to fight cancer.
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Kudos to Kimberly Kelly: Promising Cancer Drug Attracts $25 Million in Funding

Kimberly Kelly is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and a preceptor on the Pharmacology Training Grant at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly recently made the headlines of UVA Today for securing funding for the development of a new drug called ZB131, an antibody designed to target plectin found on the surface of multiple types of cancer cells.
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Congratulations to Matteo Ottolini and Swapnil Sonkusare on recent publication in Circulation

Matteo Ottolini (Pharmacology Graduate Student in Dr. Swapnil Sonkusare’s Lab) is first author of an exciting paper recently published in Circulation.  In this paper, Matteo and colleagues in the Sonkusare…

Kudos to Ken Hsu for earning an NSF Career Award

Ken Hsu (Assistant Professor of Chemistry and joint appointment in Pharmacology) makes headlines again in UVA Today for earning one the National Science Foundation's Early Career Development Program Awards, which…

Kudos to Kimberly Kelly: Promising Cancer Drug Attracts $25 Million in Funding

Kimberly Kelly is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and a preceptor on the Pharmacology Training Grant at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly recently made the…

Congratulations to Carl Creutz for his recent publication in Scientific Reports!

Dr. Carl Creutz (Professor of Pharmacology) has just published an interesting study that has the potential to help combat pollution and maybe even global warming (Sci Rep. 2019 Dec 9;…

"Engineering Platform for Neural Circuit Interrogation" by Siyuan Rao

[PINN 1-17] Hosted by Julius Zhu, Siyuan Rao, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Associate (Polina Anikeeva's Lab), Materials Science and Engineering, Research Laboratory of Electronics, Cambridge, MA Siyuan Rao received her…
Feb
27

"Subcellular B Adrenergic Receptor and Phospholipase C Signaling in the Heart" by Alan Smrcka

[PINN 1-17] Hosted by Zheng (John) Fu, Alan Smrcka, PhD is a Professor of Pharmacology, Medical School and Professor of Biophysics, College of Literature Science and Arts, University of Michigan,…
Mar
26

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