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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]

Johnson and Johnson Innovative Medicine

Johnson & Johnson 4D Fellowship Program

The Drexel Drug Discovery and Development (4D) Fellowship Program is a joint effort between Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine and Drexel’s Pharmacology and Physiology Department to support Master’s students (DDD or Pharm/Phys) who have experienced challenges that limited their access to academic training and career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry. 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

The Department Hosts PCSfN Meeting

The department recently hosted this year’s meeting of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. During the meeting several of our graduate students were recognized for their excellent poster presentations. Geena John, PhD candidate in the Jackson lab and Courtney Wallace, PhD candidate in the Klase lab earned 1st and 2nd place respectively in the graduate student poster section. Read more and view photos.

Faculty Receive Pilot Grants from the CNHC

Two department members were selected to receive pilot grants from the Temple/Drexel Comprehensive NeuroHIV Center (CNHC) Developmental Research and Mentoring Core (DRMC). Dr. Laura Giacometti, postdoctoral fellow in the Barker lab, earned a grant to support her project “Top-down mechanisms of estrous cycle dysregulation in EcoHIV infection.” Dr. Gabriele Romano, assistant professor, earned another grant for his project “Immunologic functions of myeloid-derived suppressor cells in cancer and HIV co-morbidity.”

Gaskill Lab Publication Honored by Drexel Libraries

The Drexel Libraries will designate a recent publication from the Gaskill lab as a highly cited, hot paper at its annual Celebrating Drexel Authors event. The manuscript, Dopamine, Immunity, and Disease was published last year in Pharmacological Reviews.

Dr. Hartsough Receives First R01 Award

Congratulations to Dr. Ed Hartsough for earning his first R01 award as an independent investigator. The award is funded through the NIH National Cancer Institute and will provide Dr. Hartsough long-term grant support for his project: “Exploiting oxidative stress response in uveal melanoma liver metastasis.”

Deepa Reddy Earns Dean’s Graduate Student Travel Award

Deepa Reddy, graduate student in the Ajit lab, earned a Drexel Dean’s Graduate Student Travel Award for the spring 2024 cycle. The award will support her attendance at the International Association for the Study of Pain’s 2024 World Congress on Pain.

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)

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

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair

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