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A Renowned Pharmacology Legacy

State-of-the art breakthroughs in an environment where a tradition of excellence runs deep

More Than a Century of Training Pharmacology Experts

As the first Department of Pharmacology in the U.S, we have awarded the largest number of PhDs in our discipline. Our diverse alumni have made global impacts as leaders in academic medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, and national scientific agencies such as the NIH, CDC and the FDA. We continue to work together to maintain our national reputation for excellence in research, didactic teaching, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate training, faculty development and service.


The mission of Michigan Pharmacology is to be the recognized leader in pharmacological training and scientific discovery. As a faculty, we seek sustainable excellence as:

  • Effective and innovative educators of trainees at all levels to prepare the next generation of scientific leaders 
  • Producers of new basic and translational knowledge that can be translated to benefit public health
  • Exemplary role models for our trainees and colleagues
  • Responsible and innovative stewards of philanthropic, institutional and extramural resources
  • Inclusive leaders who enhance diverse faculty, trainee, and staff member engagement and professional satisfaction 
  • Champions of a culture and climate that promotes inclusion, diversity and equity


The Department of Pharmacology will be the global leader in providing exemplary training of the next generation of leaders in and shaping the future of pharmacological research.

Letter from the Chair

Learn why the Department of Pharmacology was translational before translational was cool, directly from the chair of our department.


Find peers, support, education and outreach opportunities within our comprehensive DEI programs.


Learn more about the ways faculty in the U-M Medical School Department of Pharmacology come together to advance research, equity and more.

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It’s an exciting time to be at Michigan Pharmacology! As I often say, “Pharmacology was translational before translational was cool!"

Chair of The Department of Pharmacology
Dr. Lori Isom looking into a microscope
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Dissertation Defense - Ian Chronis
"Regulation of Adrenergic and Proton-Sensing Receptor Function by Protein-Protein Interactions"
Dissertation Defense - Christina Zheng
“An Engineered Viral Protein Exploits LCK Kinase to Rewire T Cell Signaling Pathways”
MS Thesis Defense
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Doctoral Dissertation Defense - Anne Lietzke
"Limitations in mitochondrial programming restrain the maturation of human stem cell-derived β cells "
SURF Final Presentations
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SURF Final Presentations
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2024 Department of Pharmacology Summer Picnic
Join us for the 2024 Department of Pharmacology Summer Picnic.
Dissertation Defense - Yang Xu
Dissertation Defense - Yang Xu (Advisors: Carole Parent and Pierre Coulombe)
Pharmacology Retreat
The Department of Pharmacology Retreat will be held September 9 & 10.