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 See all news Kassidy Jungles
Department News
Kassidy Jungles (Ph.D. Student, Green Lab) inducted into the Bouchet Honor Society
Kassidy Jungles (Ph.D. Student, Green Lab) inducted into the Bouchet Honor Society
Michelle Hastings
Department News
Michelle Hastings, Ph.D., receives Pfizer Upjohn Research Professorship in Pharmacology
Michelle Hastings, Ph.D., receives Pfizer Upjohn Research Professorship in Pharmacology
Krystal Santiago Colon
Department News
Krystal Santiago Colon receives 2024 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship
Krystal Santiago Colon (Ph.D. Student, Mattis/Isom Lab) has recently been selected to receive a 2024 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.
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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
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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
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Upcoming Events View all events
Pharmacology Seminar Series - Laurel Grisanti, Ph.D.
“Adrenergic Regulation of Inflammation in the Failing Heart”
Laurel Grisanti
Pharmacology 646 Student Seminars: Serenata Su
Pharmacology 646 Student Seminars: Serenata Su
Pharmacology Seminar Series - John Hwa, Ph.D.
“A new platelet novel: Rewriting stories without a clot”
John Hwa
Pharmacology Seminar Series - Vira Kravets, Ph.D.
"Local a-B cell communication affects functional and immuno-endocrine networks in pancreatic islets"
Vira Kravets
Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program Annual Symposium
The Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program is hosting its annual symposium on Monday, May 13th, 2024 from 8:30am - 4:30pm at the Rackham Graduate School (fourth floor).
Doctoral Dissertation Defense - Liz Jaeckel
Doctoral Dissertation Defense - Liz Jaeckel
Pharmacology Seminar Series- Judith Varner, Ph.D.
“Macrophage signals that mediate cancer immune suppression”
Judith Varner
Pharmacology Seminar Series - Chrystal Paulos, Ph.D.
Talk Title - TBD
Doctoral Dissertation Defense - Zesen Lin
Doctoral Dissertation Defense - Zesen Lin
FEATURED NEWS & STORIES See all news Kassidy Jungles
Department News
Kassidy Jungles (Ph.D. Student, Green Lab) inducted into the Bouchet Honor Society
Kassidy Jungles (Ph.D. Student, Green Lab) inducted into the Bouchet Honor Society
Michelle Hastings
Department News
Michelle Hastings, Ph.D., receives Pfizer Upjohn Research Professorship in Pharmacology
Michelle Hastings, Ph.D., receives Pfizer Upjohn Research Professorship in Pharmacology
Krystal Santiago Colon
Department News
Krystal Santiago Colon receives 2024 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship
Krystal Santiago Colon (Ph.D. Student, Mattis/Isom Lab) has recently been selected to receive a 2024 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.
Mike Holinstat
Department News
Michael A. Holinstat, Ph.D., is recognized as the recipient of the 2024 ACTS Distinguished Educator: Mentorship Innovation Award
The University of Michigan is pleased to announce that Michael A. Holinstat, Ph.D. was recognized as a recipient of the 2024 ACTS Distinguished Educator: Mentorship Innovation Award.
Cat Demery, James Teuber, Livia Stanger
Department News
Nominations for the 2024 OGPS Grad Student Awards- Congratulations to Cat Demery, Livia Stanger, and James Teuber
UM Pharmacology has recently submitted its nominations for the 2024 OGPS Graduate Student Awards/Phyllis M. Wise Graduate Student Awards in Biomedical Sciences - Cat Demery, Livia Stanger, and James Teuber.
Yating Zheng
Department News
Yating Zheng Selected as Major Symposium Speaker at the American Association of Immunologists’ IMMUNOLOGY2024™ Annual Conference
Yating Zheng, Ph.D. Student (Courtney Lab), was recently selected as a Major Symposium speaker for the American Association of Immunologists’ (AAI) IMMUNOLOGY2024™ meeting to be held in Chicago May 3-7, 2024.
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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.