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Pharmacology & Physiology (PHPH) Faculty

  • Seena Ajit, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of neuropathic and inflammatory pain, epigenetic regulation, microRNA expression and regulation, biomarkers

  • Jacqueline Barker, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Addiction, learning and memory, behavioral neuroscience, habits, compulsivity, sex differences, drug and alcohol exposure, substance and alcohol use disorders

  • Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating metastatic potential of solid tumors, studies in vitro and in animal models of neoplastic disease

  • Wen-Jun Gao, MD, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Synaptic signaling and regulation of prefrontal neuronal circuitry and neurobiology of schizophrenia

  • Peter Gaskill, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: HIV, drug abuse, neuroimmunity, neurotransmission, macrophage immunology, dopamine, serotonin, catecholamines

  • Edward Hartsough, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Mechanisms contributing to metastatic progression and susceptibility of cancers to targeted inhibitors

  • Joel Horwitz, PhD

    Professor; Course Director for Medical Pharmacology
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Nitric oxide signaling, pharmacology education

  • Shaoping Hou, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Autonomic dysfunction after spinal cord injury, micturition reflex and cardiovascular function, neural stem cells, axon regeneration, serotonin and dopamine

  • Joshua Jackson, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Astrocyte biology, neuro-glial interactions, neurovascular coupling, synaptic development, calcium signaling, mitochondrial dynamics, brain metabolism

  • Zachary Klase, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Molecular neuropathogenesis of HIV-1, epigenetic control of transcription and microRNA involvement in viral diseases

  • Sandhya Kortagere, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Microbiology & Immunology
    Research Interests: Biased signaling of dopamine D3 receptor agonists; developing symptomatic and disease-modifying therapeutics for Parkinson’s disease; etiology of mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease; role of dopamine receptors in neurocognitive impairment in HIV and other neuronal infections

  • Joanne Mathiasen, PhD

    Co-director, Drug Discovery & Development Program; Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: CNS drug discovery, behavioral pharmacology, neuropharmacology, pain and cognition

  • Paul McGonigle, PhD

    Co-director, Interdisciplinary & Career-Oriented Programs; Co-Director, Drug Discovery & Development Program; Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: CNS drug discovery, receptor pharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, neuropharmacology

  • Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD

    Professor & Chair
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders and drug abuse, chemokine-based therapeutics, neuroprotective pathways in neuroinflammation

  • Andréia C.K. Mortensen, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Glutamate transporters, neurological disorders and positive allosteric modulators that target transporters

  • Ole Mortensen, PhD

    Associate Professor; Director, Pharmacology & Physiology Graduate Program
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Neurotransmitter transporters, drug addiction and affective disorders

  • Mauricio Reginato, PhD

    Professor; Director, Graduate Program in Cancer Biology
    Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms underlying breast cancer growth, survival and spread to distinct organs, in particular how cancer genes alter metabolic pathways and how these pathways may be exploited to target cancers

  • Beverly Reyes, PhD, DVM

    Research Associate Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Interactions between opioids, stress and noradrenergic system; interactions between endocannabinoids and noradrenergic systems

  • Priscila Sato, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of cardiac metabolism; cardiovascular function; GPCR-signaling in the heart-pancreas axis; in vivo animal models of diabetes and cardiac diseases

  • Kenny Simansky, PhD

    Senior Vice Dean for Research; Professor of Pharmacology
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Cellular mechanisms involved in regulation of eating

  • Kazuhito Toyooka, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Analysis of neuronal morphology in the developing cerebral cortex - neurite formation and synaptogenesis

  • Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, PhD

    Founding Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies; Senior Vice President, Graduate and Online Education; Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Role of monoaminergic systems in stress-related illness and substance abuse disorders

  • Dong Wang, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy
    Research Interests: Neural ensemble dynamics underlying learning and memory consolidation; emotion; learning and memory; neurobiology; prefrontal neuronal circuitry; sleep neurobiology; systems neurobiology

  • Michael White, PhD

    Professor
    Department: Pharmacology & Physiology
    Research Interests: Ligand-gated ion channels; structure-function relationships; molecular modeling; ligand-receptor interactions

Please note, Drs. Horwitz, Mathiasen, McGonigle, Simansky and White do not have active labs and are not taking students at this time.

Alethia Edwards, alum, Pharmacology and Physiology Program