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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.

Jay McLaughlin, PhD, Department of Pharmacodynamics, University of Florida College of Pharmacy

Evaluating contributions of HIV-1 Tat protein to neurodysfunction and psychiatric deficits associated with neuroAIDS

September 22
With Jay McLaughlin, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacodynamics, University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

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News and Announcements

August 2020

Dr. Barker Awarded a R21 Grant From the NIAAA

Congratulations to Dr. Jacqui Barker for the award of a R21 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism! The grant will support Jacqui’s new project, titled “Sex differences in regulation of reinstatement of ethanol seeking by nucleus accumbens glutamate signaling.”

Dr. Ajit's lab Presents at the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles Satellite Meeting

Dr. Seena Ajit and members of her lab participated in the ISEV 2020 virtual satellite meeting in the session titled: Emerging Trends in HIV, NeuroAIDS, Drug Abuse & EVs. Dr. Ajit was a panel discussion participant and gave a talk titled: Morphine induced hyperalgesia and miRNA alterations in small EVs.

Students from Dr. Ajit's lab also presented the following posters:

  • Xuan Luo
    Title: Differential RNA packaging into small extracellular vesicles by neurons and astrocytes
  • Jason Wickman
    Title: Clinical translatability of miRNA signature in small extracellular vesicles from mouse tibia fracture model of complex regional pain syndrome
  • Zhucheng Lin
    Title: The role of small extracellular vesicles in chronic neuropathic pain

July 2020

NIMH Grant Awarded to Dr. Ole Mortensen

Congratulations to Dr. Ole Mortensen for the award of a R56 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, supporting his project "Allosteric modulation of dopamine transport: functional and biochemical Studies."

Dr. Andréia Mortensen promoted to Assistant Professor (tenure-track)

Congratulations to Dr. Mortensen for a well-deserved promotion to the rank of Assistant Professor in the tenure track! During her time as a research faculty, Andréia has developed an exciting and innovative research program currently funded by the NIH NINDS (project title: The mechanism of allosteric modulation of glutamate transporters).

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

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair

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