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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.

Priscila Sato, PhD

Meet Our Faculty: Priscila Sato, PhD

"We are interested in cardiac hypertrophy and how that develops into decompensated heart failure. We also have another line of research where we're looking at how diabetes leads to cardiac dysfunction. I have a couple of genetic mouse models. We want to really hone down in understanding potential mechanisms of how changes in the pancreas, particularly in the beta islets, impact the heart."

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News and Announcements

September 2019

Emily Nickoloff Receives Pre-doctoral Fellowship

Emily Nickoloff, third-year Pharmacology & Physiology graduate student, was appointed as a National Research Service Award (NRSA) pre-doctoral fellow on Drexel University’s Interdisciplinary and Translational Research Training Grant in NeuroAIDS, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Emily is mentored by Peter Gaskill, PhD.

Jennifer Koch Earns Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Jennifer Koch, PhD student in the Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics program, who is the recipient of a 2019-2020 Dean’s Fellowship for Excellence in Collaborative or Themed Research Award. This fellowship is designed to support PhD-track students with innovative research projects to further develop their research experience. These students will receive financial support for one year in the form of a scholarship, in addition to funds for supplies and/or travel. Jennifer is mentored by Patrick Osei-Owusu, PhD.

August 2019

Dr. Osei-Owusu Accepted to Attend AAMC Leadership Seminar

Patrick Osei-Owusu was accepted to attend the AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar in October of this year. The seminar is designed to address the specific needs of mid-career minority faculty while offering skill enhancement and strategies for advancing the attendees' careers in academic medicine.

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

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair

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