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Department of Pharmacology & Physiology Faculty

  • Seena Ajit, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of neuropathic pain, epigenetic regulation, microRNA expression and regulation, biomarkers

  • James Barrett, PhD

    Research Interests: Pain, behavioral pharmacology, animal models

  • Paul Campbell, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Cancer cell biology, signaling, tumor microenvironment, tumor invasion and metastasis.

  • Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD

    Research Interests: Cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating metastatic potential of solid tumors, studied in vitro and in animal models of neoplastic disease.

  • Shubha Gururaja Rao, PhD, MSc

    Research Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Drosophila genetics, the role of mitochondria in physiology and cancer

  • Joel Horwitz, PhD

    Research Interests: Nitric oxide signaling, pharmacology education

  • Huijuan Hu, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Calcium permeable ion channels, synaptic transmission, mechanisms underlying neuropathic and inflammatory pain.

  • Felix Kim, PhD

    Assistant Professor; Director, Graduate Program in Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Sigma 1 receptor biology, molecular pharmacology, biochemistry of sigma 1 receptors in endoplasmic reticulum protein homeostatis, cell stress response, cancer.

  • Paul McGonigle, PhD

    Director, Division of Interdisciplinary and Career-Oriented Programs; Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: CNS drug discovery, receptor pharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, neuropharmacology

  • Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD

    Professor & Chair
    Research Interests: Identification of targets for novel therapeutic approaches against neurodegenerative/neuroinflammatory disorders; development of neuroprotective drugs

  • Robert Moreland, PhD

    Research Interests: Vascular and bladder smooth muscle physiology; excitation-contraction coupling; calcium sensitization; hypertension; diabetes; benign prostatic hyperplasia

  • AndrĂ©ia C.K. Mortensen, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Glutamate transporters, neurodegenerative disorders and spider venom compounds that target transporters

  • Ole Mortensen, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Neurotransmitter transporters, drug addiction and affective disorders

  • Patrick Osei-Owusu, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Mechanisms of G-protein signaling regulation in physiological and pathophysiological adaptations of the cardiovascular and renal systems

  • Beverly Reyes, PhD, DVM

    Research Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Interactions between opioids, stress and noradrenergic system; interactions between endocannabinoids and noradrenergic systems

  • Joseph M. Salvino, PhD

    Research Interests: Medicinal chemistry, hit-to-lead/lead optimization, small molecule ligands against biologically relevant targets

  • Kenny Simansky, PhD

    Vice Dean for Research; Professor of Pharmacology
    Research Interests: Vice Dean of Research

  • Harpreet Singh, PhD, MSc

    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Intracellular ion channels and their role in cardiac function and aging

  • Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, PhD

    Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies; Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies

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