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:

Haber awarded $10 million Center Grant

undefined Suzanne Haber, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, was awarded a new Center Grant to study OCD at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. The goal of the $10 million grant is to improve understanding of the brain networks that play a central role in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Read full story here.

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.

Congratulations to the following Graduate Students and Invited Student Speakers for winning poster awards at the 4th Annual Upstate New York Pharmacology Society (UNYPS) meeting G-Protein Coupled Receptor Signaling Systems in Health and Diseasewhich was held at the University of Rochester on May 19th, 2015. Graduate student winners were Hannah Stoveken, working in the lab of Dr. Gregory TallIsaac Fisher, working in the lab of Dr. Allan SmrckaAlex Hajduczok, working in the lab of Dr. Gregory Tall and Rafael Gil de Rubio, working in the lab of Dr. Allan SmrckaInvited student speaker winners were Walter Knight, Bharti Patel, graduate student in the lab of Dr. Gregory Tall and Jesi Lee Anne To, graduate student in the lab of Dr. Allan Smrcka

Congratulations to Hannah Stoveken, Graduate student in the lab of Gregory TallAssociate Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology, who took second place in the University's First Falling Walls Competition and $300. Honorable mention went to Yelena Lerman, a graduate student working with Minsoo Kim, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology. Full article in Research Connections at the University of Rochester can be found here

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:


Get In Touch

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

Available Positions

Recent Publications

More Publications »