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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

January 2020

Stacia Lewandowski Earns IBSN Travel Award

Stacia Lewandowski, a Pharmacology & Physiology PhD student working in the laboratory of Ole Mortensen, PhD, received a travel award from the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society to attend the society's 2020 annual meeeting in Glasgow, Scotland. Recipients are given a cash award, certificate and waiver of registration fees to the meeting; they will present their research orally and in a poster session at the meeting.

December 2019

Student Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following senior PhD students for receiving departmental awards:

  • 2019/2020 Mary Hoffman Shaw Travel Award presented to Jared Luchetta and Emily Nickoloff-Babel
  • 2019/2020 Benjamin Weiss Scholar Award presented to Ramanpreet Kaur
  • 2019 Chair’s Award presented to Stacia Lewandowski

Kudos to all!

DUniBo Kick-Off

The first two Drexel University College of Medicine student ambassadors (Julia Farnan & Anthony DiNatale) visited Bologna, Italy as part of the Outlooking Scientist project recently awarded to Drs. Olimpia Meucci (DUCOM) and Renato Brandimarti (University of Bologna). The goal of this project is to facilitate future international collaborations between the Universities.

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

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair

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