Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

Understanding the cellular and molecular basis of medicine requires integrated information from multiple levels of biology. Our faculty reflect this idea with a coordinated research program using cutting-edge biochemical and molecular methods to study cellular and integrative biology as a basis for understanding disease and developing therapeutics. Students entering this program are typically considering degrees in Pharmacology or Physiology, and training in this area prepares students for independent research careers in biomedicine.

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Recent Ph.D. Graduate

Hannah M. Stoveken, 2nd Place Winner at the Falling Walls Lab

Congratulations to Hannah M. Stoveken (graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory G. Tall), who was the 2nd place winner at the University-wide competition for the Falling Walls Lab on May 19, 2015, with her idea "Breaking the Wall of Protein Drug Targets".

Emma W. Grygotis Wins Outstanding Presentation Award

Emma Grygotis was the recipient of an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the 2015 Therapeutic Ultrasound Winter School held in Les Houches, France at the École de Physique des Houches. At this forum, held in the French Alps on March 8-13, 2015, a group of twenty professors and fifty students gathered from around the world to discuss a range of topics in the rapidly expanding field of therapeutic ultrasound. Emma presented an overview of her studies focused on developing ultrasound technologies to fabricate bioactive collagen hydrogels for wound repair.  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) on a joint collaboration to develop ultrasound technologies for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Emma is currently a pre-doctoral fellow in the HHMI Med-into-Grad program, and also a student member of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound (RCBU). Recent BME alumna Karla Mercado, Ph.D. was also a participant at the 2015 Therapeutic Ultrasound Winter School. Emma Grygotis




















Emma Grygotis (left) receiving her Outstanding Presentation Award at the 2015 Therapeutic Ultrasound Winter School. Shown are conference organizers Gail ter Haar and Vera Khokhlova.

"America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" Winner

Corey M. HoffmanCongratulations to Corey M. Hoffman (graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Laura M. Calvi), winner of the "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" student competition held at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute on February 10, 2015.

Poster Award Winner, James P. Wilmot Cancer Institute, 19th Annual Scientific Symposium


Bharti R. Patel (Laboratory of Dr. Gregory G. Tall) was the poster prize winner in the Molecular and Cell Biology/Immunology category at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Institute, 19th Annual Scientific Symposium, November 13, 2014

Recent M.S. Graduates

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-into-Grad Fellowship in Cardiovascular Science


Joseph A. Bisson (Laboratory of Dr. Ethan David Cohen), Emma W. Grygotis (Laboratory of Dr. Denise C. Hocking) and Jesi Lee Anne To (Laboratory of Dr. Alan V. Smrcka) received HHMI Fellowships.

2014 PhRMA Fellowship Award


Hannah Stoveken (Laboratory of Dr. Gregory G. Tall) was awarded a PhRMA Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology and Toxicology.


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