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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

July 2020

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).

June 2020

Mary DeWitt Pettit, MD Fellowship Awarded to Dr. Barker

Congratulations to Jacqueline Barker, PhD, for receiving a Mary DeWitt Pettit, MD Fellowship, which will support her project “Astrocyte contribution to ethanol-dependence induced susceptibility to adversity in females.” The Mary DeWitt Pettit, MD Fellowship supports research or other special projects of junior female faculty members at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Giacometti Receives the Postdoctoral Enoch Gordis Award

Laura Giacometti, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Barker Lab, was awarded the Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award by the Research Society on Alcoholism. Dr. Giacometti presented an oral and poster presentation of her work entitled “Astrocytic modulation reduces ethanol dependence-induced impairments in extinction in female mice” at RSA’s Virtual Conference in June.

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

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair

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