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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

June 2019

Anthony DiNatale Presents at Prostate Cancer Retreat

Anthony DiNatale, an MD/PhD student in the Fatatis Lab, presented his work during the Prostate Cancer Program Retreat, held by the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, on Friday June 28, 2019. The title of Anthony’s talk was "AR Regulates IL-1beta Expression in Prostate Cancer Cells.” It was part of the Basic-Translational Studies in Prostate Cancer session.

Anthony DiNatale, MD/PhD student in the Fatatis Lab, presenting at the Prostate Cancer Program Retreat

Department Well-Represented at Faculty Day

The College of Medicine's Faculty Professional Development Day was held on June 7. The department participated through presentations from several faculty members, as well as inclusion in expert panels on translational research.

Edward Hartsough, PhD, gave a talk on "Mechanisms of Melanoma Metastasis and Susceptibility to Targeted Inhibitors."

During the Faculty Leadership Implementation Plan (FLIP) poster session, Seena Ajit, PhD, presented “Increasing Drexel Presence and Student Participation at Local Scientific Meetings,” and Patrick Osei-Owusu, PhD, presented “Establishing a Center of Excellence for Multi-Disciplinary Cardiovascular Research.”

Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD, Peter Gaskill, PhD, and Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD, participated in the speed networking event, discussing translational research with colleagues.

Dr. Ajit Appointed to NIH Study Section

Seena Ajit, PhD, has been appointed to the Somatosensory & Pain Systems Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health. She will serve as a member for a four-year term.

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

Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair

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