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.

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

Colloquium Series

2015-2016 Colloquium Series Calendar of Events

Department News

The Department of Pharmacology & Physiology News and Events

URMC Newsroom Article

David I. Yule, Ph.D.Kamil J. Alzayady

The research of Dr. David I. Yule and Dr. Kamil Alzayady was the subject of a URMC Newsroom article, The Science behind Bodily Secretions.

URMC Convocation
Convocation was held on January 11, 2016, for new endowed chairs. Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D., was appointed the Lewis Pratt Ross Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, and was congratulated by UR President Joel Seligman.


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

Recent Publications

Carstensen EL, Parker KJ, Dalecki D, Hocking DC. (2016) Biological Effects of Low-Frequency Shear Strain: 1. Physical Descriptors. Ultrasound Med Biol. 42(1)1-15.