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:

 

Douglas Bayliss

Congratulations to the Bayliss & Guyenet Labs: UVA Today Q&A Brain Interoception

Pharmacology Department Chair, Doug A. Bayliss, PhD, was featured in UVAToday as he discussed interoception and the work his lab, in collaboration with the Guyenet lab, have conducted in identifying and tracking the brain cells that sense CO2. Furthermore their work also focuses on the actual molecules in those brain cells that serve as detectors. Dr. Bayliss is also a member of the UVA Brain Institute, which is building a network of scientists across Grounds focused on some of the most important problems in neuroscience today.
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Yintang Shi, PhD _Bayliss Lab

Kudos to Yingtang Shi- Promotion to Assistant Professor of Research

The Pharmacology Dept. would like to congratulate Dr. Yingtang Shi (Bayliss Lab) on her recent promotion to Assistant Professor of Research in Pharmacology, effective 3/25. Her research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling the retrotrapezoid nucleus (RTN), a key brainstem chemoreceptor region that controls breathing.
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Zhen Yan

Kudos to Dr. Zhen Yan: Exercise During Pregnancy Can Prevent Transmission of Metabolic Diseases

Zhen Yan, Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine and Pharmacology, is a top exercise expert at the University of Virginia. Dr. Yan and his team found in a recent study in lab mice that maternal exercise during pregnancy prevented the transmission of metabolic diseases from an obese parent to the child. If the finding holds true in humans, it will have “huge implications” for helping pregnant women ensure their children live the healthiest lives possible.
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Congratulations to the Bayliss & Guyenet Labs: UVA Today Q&A on Interoception

Pharmacology Department Chair, Doug A. Bayliss, PhD,  was featured in UVAToday as he discussed interoception and the work his lab in collaboration with the Guyenet lab have conducted in identifying…

Kudos to Yingtang Shi- Promotion to Assistant Professor of Research

The Pharmacology Dept. would like to congratulate Dr. Yingtang Shi (Bayliss Lab) on her recent promotion to Assistant Professor of Research in Pharmacology, effective 3/25. Her research focuses on understanding…

Congratulations, Adishesh Narahari- Dissertation Defense!

Adishesh Narahari (MSTP & Pharmacology Graduate Student in Dr. Douglas Bayliss's Lab), will be presenting  his Dissertation Defense on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. He will be talking about, "ATP and…

Kudos to Dr. Zhen Yan: Exercise During Pregnancy Can Prevent Transmission of Metabolic Diseases

Zhen Yan, Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine and Pharmacology, is a top exercise expert at the University of Virginia. Dr. Yan and his team found in a recent study in…

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"Cell Fate Reprogramming for Neural Degeneration and Regeneration" by Chun-Li Zhang, PhD

[TBD] Hosted by Julius Zhu and Mark Beenhakker, Chun-Li Zhang, PhD, is a Professor, Molecular Biology, Harmon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX Zhang…
Apr
22

"Building the cell's antenna: regulation of cilium assembly in development and disease" by Sarah Goetz, PhD

[TBD] Hosted by Zheng (John) Fu, Sarah C. Goetz, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC The Goetz Lab studies…
Apr
29

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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