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, Paula Barrett for Your Outstanding Contribution to Hypertension!

The Pharmacology department would like to send out a huge congrats to Dr. Paula Barrett! The editors of Hypertension established a program to recognize High Impact Papers published in the Journal in the categories of basic, clinical, and population sciences. Dr. Barrett’s paper, Adrenal tissue-specific deletion of TASK channels causes aldosterone-driven Angiotensin II-independent hypertension, was selected as a High Impact Paper for Spring 2019 in the category of Basic science.
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Leitinger Lab Discovery Reveals How Obesity Causes Disease and How We Can Stop It

Recent research from Norbert Leitinger's explains why obesity causes harmful inflammation that can lead to diabetes, clogged arteries, and other health problems. The researchers, for the first time, were able to explain why resident immune cells in fat tissue (immune cells that are thought to be beneficial) turn harmful during obesity, causing unhealthy and unwanted inflammation. These findings were published in PNAS:
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New Approach Speeds Up Cancer Research Hugely

Dr. J. Julius Zhu has come up with a new technique that will let one cancer lab do the work of dozens.
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Congratulations, Paula Barrett for Your Outstanding Contribution to Hypertension!

The Pharmacology department would like to send out a huge congrats to Dr. Paula Barrett! The editors of Hypertension established a program to recognize High Impact Papers published in the…

Congrats to Michael Schappe: Peach Award Winner!

Michael Schappe (Desai Lab) makes headlines again! Recently he was the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Pharmacology Graduate Student Award. As part of receiving this award,  Michael was also entered to be…

Registration for UVA’s Three-Minute Thesis is now open

This year UVA will host our 7th Annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on Wednesday, April 10 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in Nau Hall. This is an incredible opportunity for PhD students…

Congrats to Mike Schappe – 2019 Outstanding Grad Student!

Please join the Pharmacology Department in congratulating Michael Schappe of the Desai Lab, who received the 2019 Outstanding Pharmacology Graduate Student Award! For this honor, Mike will receive $500, a…

"Neural Circuits in Sleep and Epilepsy" by Nigel Pedersen

[PINN 1-17] Hosted by Steve Abbott, Nigel Pederson, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Neurology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. In the Pedersen Epilepsy and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory, we study the…
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25

"Brain Initiative and Beyond-Neuroscience Funding Priorities from the NIH" by Edmund Talley

[PINN 1-17] Hosted by Pharmacology (Douglas Bayliss) , NGP/Neuroscience and the Brain Institute, Edmund Talley, PhD, is the Program Director, Channels, Synapses and Circuits, NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders…
May
9

"Mechanisms by which GLP-1 Signing Controls Nicotine Intake" by Paul Kenny

[PINN 5023] Hosted by Julius Zhu, Paul Kenney, PhD, is a Professor and Chair, Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinau, New York, NY The Kenny Laboratory is focused…
May
15

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