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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.

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News and Announcements

Faculty Appointments and Promotions

Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline Barker and Dr. Peter Gaskill, who were both promoted to associate professor on the tenure track! And further congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Ross, who was appointed as a research assistant professor in the department!

Dr. White Receives the Lindback Teaching Award

Dr. Michael White earned the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching! This is Drexel’s most prestigious award given to full-time faculty members who have demonstrated the highest achievements in teaching over their careers. Well deserved congratulations to Dr. White!

Dr. A. Mortensen Receives a Scholarly Materials and Research Equipment Award

Dr. Andréia Mortensen earned a Scholarly Materials and Research Equipment Award for Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty. This award from the Office of Faculty Advancement is for the acquisition of materials, equipment, software, systems, library collections or other non-personnel items that will enhance the research enterprise. Well done Dr. Mortensen!

Dr. Sato Awarded a Mary Dewitt Pettit Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Priscila Sato, who received a 2021 Mary DeWitt Pettit, MD Fellowship! The fellowship provides two years of funding to support Dr. Sato’s project “GRK2-Gender Differences in Diabetic Human Hearts and Adult Cardiomyocytes.”

Barker Lab News

Katie Bryant, a PhD student in the Barker Lab, received an F31 fellowship from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), for their project titled “Low dose ethanol effects on reward learning and motivation.”

Qiaowei Xie, a PhD student in the Barker Lab, had her abstract selected for an oral presentation at the Philadelphia Chapter Society for Neuroscience meeting. Her presentation was titled “The impact of EcoHIV on cocaine seeking behaviors.”

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Graduate Student Celebration

The graduate students in the department held a potluck to celebrate the return to the lab this summer!

Pharmacology and Physiology Graduate Student Celebration July 2021

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

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair

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