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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.

Anthony DiNatale

Upcoming Seminar

Molecular characterization of critical mediators of metastatic disease

January 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
With Anthony DiNatale, Senior Pharmacology & Physiology student in the Fatatis Lab
Drexel University College of Medicine
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Edward Hartsough

Meet Edward Hartsough

"I wasn't necessarily married to melanoma at all as a model system, but I’ve found over the years that the melanoma research community is great. The people are really welcoming. Everybody's really supportive, especially to young investigators, so I don't see myself leaving this community any time soon." Read more.

News and Announcements

December 2020

Drexel College of Medicine Faculty Awards

This year, two members of the department received awards for their outstanding work:

Dr. Peter Gaskill - assistant professor, received the New Investigator Award, which recognizes an outstanding investigator in the early stages of their career, based on their research accomplishments, potential to advance their research field, and involvement in graduate education and training. Basic science faculty with tenure-track appointments for a period of no more than seven years are eligible.

Dr. Olimpia Meucci - professor and chair, received the Elias Abrutyn Mentoring Award. This award is presented to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in mentoring colleagues, residents, or students, by creating a supportive, effective environment in research, clinical care, education or scholarship, while advocating for the advancement of their mentees, and serving as a trusted advisor and role model.

View a complete list of awardees.

Pharmacology & Physiology Student Awards

Three students in the department also received awards recognizing their hard work and achievements.

Anthony DiNatale received this year’s Benjamin Weiss Scholar Award. This Award was established in honor of former Drexel professor Dr. Weiss’ legacy of teaching, research, mentorship, and commitment to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Zhucheng Lin and Jared Luchetta received this year’s Mary Hoffman Shaw Travel Award. This award was established in honor of Drexel professor Dr. Mary Hoffman Shaw after she passed away on May 20, 2004 from metastatic breast cancer. The award provides travel support for graduate students working in the department each year to present his or her research at a national meeting.

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

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair

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