Breaking News: $120 Million Gift is Largest in University History

The University of Virginia today announced plans to establish a School of Data Science, an effort made possible in part by the largest private gift in the institution’s 200-year history. Please visit UVAToday for the full story!

Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service Monday, January 21, 2019 at Noon

The UVA Medical Center is holding an interfaith service honoring Dr. King’s life and work in the main hospital lobby.  You can read more about next week’s UVA MLK events by visiting

It’s almost that time again: Spring 2019 Journal Club Schedule Announced!

We are excited to be starting Journal Club in just a few short weeks ! Presentations will begin on February 12 with Brady Barron from the Ravichandran Lab presenting. Please visit the below link for the full semester lineup! We hope to see you there!

Spring 2019 Journal Club Schedule

ATTN: Pharm Labs- Are you up for the challenge?

Registration for the 2019 International Laboratory Freezer Challenge is now OPEN. Registration closes on Friday, February 1st at 5pm. Labs have until May 1st to fill out and submit their score sheets to WIN PRIZES!
In 2017, UVA was awarded an Honorable Mention, and in 2018, UVA placed 4th against other academic institutions. Let’s work together to see what we can accomplish in 2019!

Tell your friends! Compete! Win prizes! Questions? Ready to sign up?

Kudos to Alisha Sahu: Recipient of the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award

Congratulations to Alisha Sahu, a third year neuroscience major in Doug Bayliss’s Lab, for being one of the 45 students to receive a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award this year! The Harrison Awards program partners students with a faculty mentor for research and provides up to $4000 of funding to pursue new research projects that the students have designed.  In order to be considered for this award, students must develop and submit detailed research proposals for funding to be reviewed by the Faculty Senate Research, Teaching and Scholarship committee. Under the leadership of their faculty mentors, students have to formulate a research question and propose methods for analyzing it.  This year’s selection process was highly competitive. The committee received 78 applications for review-many of which were worthy of funding. It is apparent that Alisha’s application was a winner for clearly pushing the bounds of knowledge, careful preparation and rigorous design!

Alisha will use the award to explore the role of the neuropeptide PACAP on breathing at the time of birth in the Bayliss Lab. Please congratulate her and her mentor when you see them around! You can read the full story by visiting UVAToday.


Kudos to Katelyn Ahern: Recipient of the 2018 L. Roberts and J. Marrow Award!

The Pharmacology Department would like to congratulate Katelyn Ahern (Thurl Harris’ Lab) for receiving the L. Jackson Roberts II and Jason D. Morrow Award at the 10th annual meeting of the International 4-Hydroxynonenal Club at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. This annual award is for best overall presentation. Pictured is Katelyn receiving the award from Dr. Claus Schneider, Dept of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt.


Congratulations Katelyn!

Pharm Office Holiday Closing

The Pharm Admin Offices will be closed on the following days in observance of  the Thanksgiving holiday….

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday!


2018 Larner Lecture-Dr. Holly Ingraham- Thursday, November 15, 2018 @9:30AM

The 2018 Joseph Larner Memorial Lecture in Pharmacology will be presented by Holly Ingraham, PhD (UCSF) this Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 9:30 AM in the Pinn Hall Conference Center Auditorium.  She will be speaking on “Female Bones and Behaviors Controlled by Sex-Dependent Hypothalamic Nodes.”

The lecture is free and open to all – please also plan to join us for a Welcome Reception with Dr. Ingraham at 8:45 AM in the PHCC Auditorium Lobby.

Dr. Ingraham is a Professor and Associate Vice Chair of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Herstein Distinguished Investigator at UCSF, San Francisco, CA. For more info about Dr. Ingraham’s research you can visit the Ingraham Lab here.

Attention Undergrads: Summer Research Internship Workshop Series

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) will be hosting a Summer Research Internship workshop series.  This workshop series will help students find and apply for summer research internships.  The following list of workshops will be held (click here to view flyer):

            ·         Landing a Summer Research Internship, November 6nd

            ·         Benefits of a Summer Research Internship, November 13th

    ·         Make the Most of your Internship, November 27th

       ·         Application Process: Nuts and Bolts, December 4th

All the workshops will be held in Clemons Library, Room 204 from 12 – 1 PM. Lunch will be provided.  Please have the students RSVP using this link:

Pharmacology supports the Community Bridges 5K Run/Walk

On Saturday, October 20, 2018 the University of Virginia partnered with the Charlottesville Track Club and the local Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) to hold the Community Bridges 5k Run/Walk in celebration of the inauguration of President James E. Ryan.

In addition to 1988 Olympians Paul Ereng and Margaret Groos, over 1500 people joined President Ryan and his wife Katie Ryan, on foot, for this special event. Out of these participants, 17 members of the Pharmacology Department joined together as a team in the CB 5k Run/Walk in support of the event and the Charlottesville community.  UVA was able to donate $25, 000 to the CNE as result of the many people who participated in this event.

The Pharmacology Department would like to send out a special thanks to Brittany Martinez for organizing the Pharm team and also to Dr. John Lazo for creating great Pharm camaraderie by  providing all Pharm participants with the gorgeous team hats they wore during the run/walk!