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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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Melissa Manners, PhD '16

Meet a Student

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

July 2016

Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to Ole Mortensen, PhD, and Huijuan Hu, PhD, for their promotions to associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine! Drs. Mortensen and Hu joined our faculty in 2009 and 2010, respectively, and are highly engaged in the research and educational mission of the department.

Grants Awarded to Dr. Osei-Owusu

Patrick Osei-Owusu, PhD, has been awarded an AHA Scientist Development Grant. This is a four-year grant examining the role of RGS2 in myogenic tone regulation. Dr. Osei-Owusu has also been selected to receive the AHA Kidney Council Young Investigator Award, which will be presented to at the AHA annual meeting in September. This award is related to his work on the role of elastin insufficiency in hypertension development and chronic kidney disease.

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Upcoming & Recent Events

June 28:
Robert Ring, PhD: The Autisms: A Proving Ground for Drug Discovery in Spectrum Disorders

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

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair