Department of Pharmacology
Bench to Bedside to Population to Society

Pharmacology is the intersection of chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, physiology and pathology to impact human health by understanding and treating disease through the lens of equity.

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Basic Discoveries Translated to Cures

The mission of the Department of Pharmacology is to be a global leader in pharmacological training and scientific discovery. 

We seek sustainable excellence as effective and innovative educators; as producers of new basic and translational knowledge that ultimately advances public health; as exemplary role models; as responsible and innovative stewards of philanthropic, institutional, and extramural resources; as leaders who enhance faculty, trainee, and staff engagement and professional satisfaction; and as champions of a culture and climate that promote inclusion, diversity and equity.

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Department of Pharmacology
2301 MSRB III
1150 W. Medical Center Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5632
Phone: 734-764-8165
ABOUT US

Over 130 years of leadership as the first Department of Pharmacology in the nation

PEOPLE

Our people are our greatest resource.

EDUCATION

Transforming learners from being consumers of knowledge to producers of knowledge

DEI

Committed to creating and supporting a diverse scientific community through practicing inclusion and equity

RESEARCH

Fundamental discoveries of disease mechanisms translated to novel therapeutics

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Department News
John Traynor, Ph.D., is elected Secretary/Treasurer-Elect for ASPET
Congratulations to John Traynor, Ph.D., on his new role as Secretary/Treasurer-Elect for ASPET. His term will begin on July 1, 2024. Read more here: https://www.aspet.org/aspet/about-us/aspet-council/2024-aspet-election-results?fbclid=IwAR0NrUzI6xCqJ73u9nTugfsukTMAMs_Ha_ztwo4dDOsYw7lbYdMds9_JgHE
Department News
Elizabeth Jaeckel has paper featured in the Journal of Neuroscience
Elizabeth Jaeckel's (Birdsong Lab) paper, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, was chosen to be a featured article.
Department News
Catherine Demery-Poulos and Krista Goerger join the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Catherine Demery-Poulos and Krista Goerger have joined the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
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Researcher in Isom lab holds beaker full of liquids TRANSLATIONAL BEFORE IT WAS COOL
1891
First Department of Pharmacology in the nation
39
Primary tenure track and research track faculty
Top 10
NIH funded Department of Pharmacology
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Pharmacology faculty lead world-class research programs in G-protein signaling, cancer, neuroscience, addiction, cardiovascular disease, mental health disorders, epilepsy, protein folding disorders, RNA therapeutics, and diabetes. Joint faculty, including physician-scientists from Clinical Departments, Michigan Drug Discovery, and the School of Public Health, provide invaluable research collaborations and training opportunities. The breadth and depth of our research mission is extraordinary.

Maurice H. Seevers Professor and Chair of Pharmacology Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology Professor of Neurology
Lori Isom Pharmacology
Upcoming Events View all events
Pharmacology 646 Student Seminars: Behirda Karaj
Pharmacology 646 Student Seminars: Behirda Karaj
Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Juan Valentin-Goyco
Join the Department of Pharmacology for a doctoral dissertation defense with Juan Valentin-Goyco.
Pharmacology 646 Student Seminars: Jun Zhou
Pharmacology 646 Student Seminars: Jun Zhou
Pharmacology PSTP Symposium 2024
The Pharmacology PSTP Symposium 2024 is open to active faculty, staff and students.
2024 Pharmacological Sciences & Bio-related Chemistry Symposium
The Department of Pharmacology will host the 2024 Pharmacological Sciences & Bio-related Chemistry Symposium on March 22.
Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Robert Goldsmith
Join the Department of Pharmacology for a doctoral dissertation defense with Robert Goldsmith.
Pharmacology 646 Student Seminars: Sara Deschaine
Pharmacology 646 Student Seminars: Sara Deschaine
Pharmacology 646 Student Seminars: Serenata Su
Pharmacology 646 Student Seminars: Serenata Su
Pharmacology Seminar Series - Ben Prosser, PhD
The Department of Pharmacology presents the Seminar Series with Ben Prosser, PhD
FEATURED NEWS & STORIES See all news headshot of John Traynor
Department News
John Traynor, Ph.D., is elected Secretary/Treasurer-Elect for ASPET
Congratulations to John Traynor, Ph.D., on his new role as Secretary/Treasurer-Elect for ASPET. His term will begin on July 1, 2024. Read more here: https://www.aspet.org/aspet/about-us/aspet-council/2024-aspet-election-results?fbclid=IwAR0NrUzI6xCqJ73u9nTugfsukTMAMs_Ha_ztwo4dDOsYw7lbYdMds9_JgHE
Department News
Elizabeth Jaeckel has paper featured in the Journal of Neuroscience
Elizabeth Jaeckel's (Birdsong Lab) paper, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, was chosen to be a featured article.
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Health Lab
Ketamine helped many severely depressed veterans, study shows
Intravenous (IV) ketamine helped relieve the depression symptoms of half of the veterans who received it at VA hospitals.
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Health Lab
Two genes linked to autism implicated in brain cell connectivity
A new study links two autism-associated genes together for the first time, potentially revealing a mechanism behind brain changes seen in people with autism.
Department News
Catherine Demery-Poulos and Krista Goerger join the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Catherine Demery-Poulos and Krista Goerger have joined the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Department News
David Jones receives Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Grant
David Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, has been awarded the Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Grant.
LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The University of Michigan is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe people. In 1817, the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadmi Nations made the largest single land transfer to the University of Michigan, offered ceremonially through the Treaty at the Foot of the Rapids, with the intent that their children might be educated. We acknowledge their contemporary and ancestral ties to the land and this integral contribution to the University.