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The disciplines of pharmacology and physiology touch on virtually every field of the biomedical sciences, presenting endless opportunities to discover disease mechanisms and develop new treatments. This translational approach is at the basis of our work, firmly rooted in the concept of promoting a seamless and continuous transition between the basic and the clinical sciences.

Our faculty pursue a variety of scientific interests in the areas of neurological disorders, cancer therapeutics, pain, cardiovascular and renal physiology, substance abuse, HIV neuropathology and comorbidities. We invite you to visit their laboratory pages and learn more about ongoing research projects and available openings. Feel free to inquire if you have any questions!

New Faculty Positions Available

The Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine announces the opening of tenure-track faculty positions.

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Our training programs provide students with a wealth of advantages in considering career opportunities within academic and biopharmaceutical settings. We offer both traditional, research-intensive graduate programs in Pharmacology and Physiology (MS and PhD), as well as a recently developed program in Drug Discovery and Development.

Jacqueline Barker, PhD

Meet Our Faculty: Jacqueline Barker, PhD

The focus of my lab is on the neural circuits underlying learning and memory, so the normal processes by which we learn about contexts and contingencies and how we use and integrate that information to guide us through our day-to-day lives, as well as how those normal processes are dysregulated or disrupted in neuropsychiatric illness.

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News and Announcements

June 2018

Faculty Professional Development Day Honors for Dr. Osei-Owusu

Patrick Osei-Owusu, PhD, received a Young Investigator Award, which was presented during Faculty Professional Development Day on June 1. Dr. Osei-Owusu also presented a "Faculty Snip-It" to attendees at the event.

May 2018

Faculty Presentations at Neuroscience Retreat

During the Neuroscience Retreat and Research Day held on May 16, 2018, at Queen Lane, the following Pharmacology & Physiology faculty presented:

  • Seena Ajit, PhD: “A protective role for exosomes derived from macrophages in attenuation of pain”
  • Huijuan Hu, PhD: “Store-operated calcium channels and pain plasticity”

Teaching Award for Dr. Mathiasen

Dr. Joanne Mathiasen has won the teaching award for the Division of Interdisciplinary and Career-Oriented Programs within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. She received the award at a reception at the Logan on May 10, 2018.

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Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair

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