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I am pleased to welcome you to the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, one of four basic science departments at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Our mission is to provide outstanding education and training to our students that will serve as the foundation for lifelong contributions to the biomedical and health sciences. We emphasize a collaborative atmosphere with the objective of fostering high quality, interdisciplinary research.

The disciplines of pharmacology and physiology touch on virtually every scientific discipline and clinical area within the biomedical sciences, providing students with a range of opportunities to explore disease mechanisms and altered physiological processes, new pharmacological tools and new medications.

We are unique in offering educational programs not only in the basic sciences of pharmacology and physiology but also in drug discovery and development, which provides students with a wealth of advantages in considering career opportunities within academic, biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical settings.

Our faculty pursue a wide variety of research interests in the areas of neurological and neuroinflammatory disorders, cancer therapeutics, pain, cardiovascular and renal physiology, drug addiction and HIV infection/neuropathology. These efforts are intertwined with a strong education and research program in Drug Discovery and Development, including an active component of Medicinal Chemistry. This translational approach is at the basis of our work, firmly rooted in the concept of promoting a seamless and continuous transition between the basic and the clinical sciences.

We invite you to explore the research interests of our faculty and inquire if you have questions. Additional information about the faculty — such as publications and laboratory information — can be found on their biography pages.

Pharmacology & Physiology Recent News

Golden Apple Award winners Joel Horwitz and Michael White

Golden Apple Awards

Congratulations to the following members of our teaching faculty who were recipients of 2016 Golden Apple Awards:

Successful Thesis Defenses

We would like to congratulate the following department graduate students for successfully defending their thesis:

  • Hillevi Ets, PhD – defended March 17, 2016
  • Melissa Manners, PhD – defended March 18, 2016
  • Fei Shen, PhD – defended March 31, 2016

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Drug Discovery and Development Program at Drexel University College of Medicine

A new comprehensive program offering a Master of Science in Drug Discovery and Development.

Learn more about the program

Upcoming Events

Topic TBA: Dr. Rob Ring
Pharmacology & Physiology Seminar
   Tuesday, May 10, 11 a.m.
   New College Building, John A. Harvey Conference Room 8312, 245 North 15th Street
    215.762.2353 (Carolann Imbesi)
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Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair