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URMC / Pharmacology & Physiology

Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology

A Message from the Chair

The Department of Pharmacology and Physiology consists of faculty, fellows, students, and staff 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 our 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.

Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D.
Lewis Pratt Ross Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology and Chair