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Message from the Chair

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 physiology, metabolism, 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!

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) and a professional program in Drug Discovery and Development (MS).

Positions Available

New Faculty Positions Available
The Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine announces the opening of tenure-track faculty positions. Read more. [PDF]

Margaret McCarthy, PhD

Upcoming Seminar

March 5, 2024
Neuroimmune Interactions Sculpt the Developing Brain
Margaret McCarthy, PhD – Professor & Chair, Department of Pharmacology; Director, University of Maryland - Medicine Institute of Neuroscience Discovery (UM-MIND), University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson

Janssen-Drexel “4D” Fellowship

The Diversity in Drug Discovery and Development, or “4D” Fellowship program is a joint effort between Janssen Oncology and Drexel’s Pharmacology and Physiology Department to support underrepresented minority students enrolled in Drexel graduate programs. Learn more.

Gabriele Romano, PhD

Meet Gabriele Romano

"Not only do I enjoy the scientific research process, but I genuinely love the educational aspect of it. I love cultivating talents and contributing to the development of the scientists and health professionals of the future." Read more.

News and Announcements

Deepa Reddy Wins AWIS Travel Award

Congrats to Deepa Reddy, PhD student in the Ajit lab, for receiving the Robert E. Davies Travel Award from the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Philadelphia chapter. The award supports attendance to national or international scientific meetings for female graduate students in the Philadelphia region.

Faculty Receive W.W. Smith Grants

Several faculty members successfully earned new research grants from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust. Dr. Gabriele Romano earned a grant to support his project “Boosting the T-cell response against melanoma in people living with HIV.” Dr. Antonio Sanz-Clemente and Dr. Andréia Mortensen earned another grant for their project “Modulation of extrasynaptic NMDA receptor content as a novel therapeutic strategy in stroke.”

Department Retreat 2023

Department Retreat 2023

Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in our 2023 department retreat at Drexel’s new Health Sciences Building! The event featured speakers geared toward scientific excellence and trainee career development, in addition to breakout groups aimed to “transform” the department towards broader, high-impact programmatic initiatives. The event concluded by recognizing our trainees with the annual Pharmacology department awards:

Ben Weiss Scholar Award:

  • Xuan Luo (Ajit lab)

Chair’s Awards:
*For unique achievements in research and service*

  • Katelyn Reeb (A. Mortensen lab)
  • Jason Wickman (Ajit lab)

Mary Hoffman Shaw Travel Awards:

  • Qiaowei Xie (Barker lab)
  • Olivia El Naggar (Romano lab)
  • Ruxu Zhai (Fatatis lab)

Students Earn Dean’s Travel Awards

Congrats to Breana Channer (Gaskill lab) and Qiaowei Xie (Barker lab) for earning Dean’s Graduate Student Travel Awards! These awards are provided by Drexel’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies to support trainees attending a scientific meeting.

Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

Our trainees continued the tradition of presenting their research at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, held from November 11-15 in Washington D.C. The department also co-sponsored a SfN alumni event with over 60 people in attendance.

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

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair

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