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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.

Zhucheng Lin

Upcoming Seminar

The Role of Small Extracellular Vesicles in Neuropathic Pain
April 27, 2021 at 11 a.m.

With Zhucheng Lin – Senior Pharm/Phys Student, Ajit Lab, Drexel University College of Medicine
Download seminar flyer. For more information or Zoom links, please contact Carolann Imbesi (

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

Congratulations Katelyn Reeb

Student Katelyn Reeb was a runner-up in the Science Sketch Competition of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (PCSFN) for her submission titled, “The mechanism of allosteric modulation of glutamate transporters.” To view her entry please visit

Dr. Bob Rosenberg Appointed as Teaching Faculty

Welcome to Bob Rosenberg, PhD who was appointed as a faculty member of the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. Dr. Rosenberg will serve as a full educator primarily based at the Tower Health-Drexel University Medical School campus in Reading.

Dr. Ajit’s Article Recommended at Faculty Opinions Website

Dr. Seena Ajit’s recently published article “Therapeutic and prophylactic effects of macrophage-derived small extracellular vesicles in the attenuation of inflammatory pain” was highlighted by the article recommendation service Faculty Opinions.

Pharm/Phys Alumni Featured in COVID-19 Vaccine Documentary

Larissa Falcao, MS in Pharmacology & Physiology, was filmed in a National Geographic documentary on COVID-19 vaccine development called “Mission Impossible: The Race for a Vaccine.”

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

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair

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