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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.

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.

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Meet a Student

Melissa Manners, PhD '16

Melissa Manners, PhD '16

Melissa Manners, who successfully defended her doctoral thesis in March, has been studying the role of the epigenetic regulator methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) in modulating pain. Mutations in MECP2 cause Rett syndrome, and it has been observed that people with Rett syndrome have reduced pain sensitivity. What Manners did was to show the molecular link between MeCP2 and pain.

News and Announcements

May 2016

Dr. Singh Receives Two Grants

Harpreet Singh, PhD, received an American Heart Association grant for his project, "Role and Mechanism of Mitochondrial Chloride Intracellular Channel 5 in Cardioprotection." He also received a five-year R01 award from NIH for "Chloride Intracellular Channels in Cardiac Mitochondria and Their Direct Role in Cardioprotection."

Department Retreat

The Department of Pharmacology & Physiology held a two-day retreat where faculty had an opportunity to share their research, present educational initiatives and lead student-focused activities.

Faculty Honored with Graduate School Awards

Attendees of the 2016 Graduate School Awards

Three Pharmacology & Physiology faculty members received Graduate School Faculty Awards:

  • Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD: ICO - Mentoring Award, MS Career-Oriented Programs
  • Seena Ajit, PhD: DBS - Mentoring Award, PhD Programs
  • Ole Valente Mortensen, PhD: Outstanding Researcher Awards - New and Early Stage Investigator(s)

Dr. Mathiasen Awarded PEG Grant

Joanne Mathiasen, PhD, received a 2016-2017 Professional Enrichment and Growth (PEG) Grant from Drexel. Her award will be used to attend online training, workshops and conferences to learn about emerging techniques in online instruction.

Botros Shenoda Receives Dean's Fellowship

Pharmacology & Physiology PhD student Botros Shenoda was awarded a Dean's Fellowship for Excellence in Collaborative or Themed Research. This fellowship is designed to support PhD-track students with innovative research projects to further develop their research experience. Botros will receive financial support for one year in the form of a scholarship, in addition to funds for supplies and/or travel.

Dr. Campbell Receives PhRMA Foundation Award, April 2016

Paul Campbell, PhD, was chosen by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation as a recipient of a Research Starter Grant in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics. The award provides $100,000 for a one-year period.

April 2016

8th Annual Julius Axelrod Symposium

Dr. Mortensen Gives Invited Talk

Ole Mortensen, PhD, was invited to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to present a talk at the 8th Annual Julius Axelrod Symposium. Dr. Mortensen's talk was "Novel ways of modulating monoamine transporter function."

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Upcoming and Recent Events

June 14:
Olga Boudker, PhD, Cornell University/Weill Cornell Medical College: Topic TBA

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Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair