Pharmacology & Physiology

A Message from the Chair:

A. William Tank, Ph.D., ChairThe 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


Joint Mini-symposium

University of Rochester Medical Center–University of Würzburg

in Honour of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dekant’s 60th birthday

"Bioactivation of Xenobiotics and Covalent Binding to Proteins:

Implications for Target-Organ Toxicity"

September 22 2014, Würzburg, Germany

Colloquium Series:

Click here for the 2014-2015 colloquium series


Department News:

Featured in this weeks Hajim School Newsletter


Denise C. Hocking, PhD

Denise Hocking, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology and of Biomedical Engineering, is using ultrasound to organize cells and proteins with the pressure waves that ultrasound produces, in a way that might someday allow for building artificial tissues and organs from scratch.


To learn more, check out this video by Matthew Mann, Video Producer with University Communications.


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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

Recent Publications

Maimon N, Titus PA, Sarelius IH. (2014) Pre-exposure to adenosine, acting via A2A receptors on endothelial cells, alters the PKA-dependence of adenosine-induced dilatation in skeletal muscle resistance arterioles. J Physiol. [Epub ahead of print]

Mercado KP, Helguera M, Hocking DC, Dalecki D. (2014) Estimating Cell Concentration in Three-Dimensional Engineered Tissues Using High Frequency Quantitative Ultrasound. Ann Biomed Eng.[Epub ahead of print]

Ruisanchez É, Dancs P, Kerék M, Németh T, Faragó B, Balogh A, Patil R, Jennings BL, Liliom K, Malik KU, Smrcka AV, Tigyi G, Benyó Z (2014) Lysophosphatidic acid induces vasodilation mediated by LPA1 receptors, phospholipase C, and endothelial nitric oxide synthase. FASEB J. Epub 2013 Nov 18.

Sromek AW, Provencher BA, Russell S, Chartoff E, Knapp BI, Bidlack JM, Neumeyer JL. (2014) Preliminary Pharmacological Evaluation of Enantiomeric Morphinans. ACS Chem Neurosci. [Epub ahead of print]

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