Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology

A Message from the Chair:

A. William Tank, Ph.D., Chair

The Department of Pharmacology and Physiology consists of faculty, fellows and students who are dedicated to cutting-edge scientific research, in order to work towards a better understanding of how the human body functions and to alleviate human diseases. The faculty is composed of distinguished scientists who are international leaders in the fields of cell signaling, G-proteins and ion channels, mitochondria and mechanisms of cell death, cardiovascular diseases and vascular biology, neurodegeneration and drugs of abuse, and integrative neurosciences. The department promotes a strong training program for both graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and many of our graduates have gone on to become leaders in academia, industry and government. The University of Rochester is now in the process of implementing a new strategic plan, which emphasizes a number of research fields, including neuromedicine and cardiovascular biology, that fit well with the Department’s research interests. The Department is enthusiastic about being a part of this plan and the anticipated growth in the University’s research enterprise, as we aim to be one of the finest medical centers in the world.

A. William Tank, Ph.D.
Lewis Pratt Ross Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology and Chair

Colloquium Series:

2014-2015 Colloquium Series Calendar of Events

Department News:

Dirksen to Head Department of Pharmacology & Physiology

undefined Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D. will serve as chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at UR's School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) effective July 1, 2015. Bob, who has conducted research and taught medical and graduate students at the University since 1998, is known for his superb track record of federal funding, his collaborative nature, and his ability to inspire and engage trainees and colleagues alike.

Cardiac Trainee Wins Young Investigator Award from American Physiological Society

David Auerbach, Ph.D., a trainee at the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, won the Clinical Science Young Investigator Award – Cardiovascular Section from the American Physiological Society, which recognizes an outstanding junior investigator involved in cardiovascular research. Auerbach, who also works in the lab of Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D. in the department of Pharmacology and Physiology, received the award for his research on Long QT Syndrome, a rare, inherited disorder that makes the heart particularly susceptible to arrhythmias. He is studying the prevalence of seizures in patients with Long QT and how this affects heart function. His research was recently funded by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute KL2 Career Development program, which provides two years of support for new investigators interested in a career in clinical or translational research. Charles Lowenstein, M.D., director of the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute, says that this award recognizes Auerbach as a rising star. “David is a terrific young investigator. His work on genetic disorders in humans will reveal new ways in which diseases can affect the head and the heart at the same time."

Dr. Auerbach with executive members of the American Physiological Society and the journal Clinical Science.

Dr. Auerbach (second from right) is pictured with the executive members of the American Physiological Society and the journal Clinical Science

Congratulations to Emma W. Grygotis who was the recipient of an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the 2015 Therapeutic Ultrasound Winter School held in Les Houches, France on March 9-13, 2015 at the École de Physique des Houches. Emma is a second year graduate student in Pharmacology and Physiology working with Professor Denise Hocking (Pharmacology and Physiology, BME) and Professor Diane Dalecki (BME)

Congratulations to Pharmacology and Physiology graduate student Corey Hoffman, currently working in the lab of Dr. Laura M. Calvi. Corey was the winner of the “America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent" Award

Upcoming Conference Announcements:

May 19th: UNYPS Annual Meeting: G-Protein Coupled Receptor Signaling Systems in Health and DiseaseClick here for more details

May 31st: Gordon Research Conference on Muscle: Excitation/Contraction Coupling Click here for more details

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Department of Pharmacology and Physiology

University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 711
Rochester, NY 14642

Phone, (585) 275-1679
Fax, (585) 273-2652

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