Physiology & Pharmacology

Welcome to the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.  The Department is dedicated to excellence in research, education, and service to the community.  Our mission is to be a national leader in basic science and translational research and to educate the next generation of scientists.  Our faculty have a long history of internationally recognized, collaborative, multidisciplinary research.  This research is funded by multiple individual awards.  In addition, the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology is the home of NIH and DOD-funded centers and programs including the Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction Treatment, Translational Center of the Neurobehavioral Study of Alcohol, Center for Botanical Lipids and Inflammatory Disease Prevention, and the Program in Neuroprosthetics. 

The Physiology and Pharmacology Department attracts students from across the US and several countries throughout the world.  Departmental faculty direct two longstanding and highly successful training grants.   These training programs provide stipend support and advanced training and educational opportunities and help our institution attract some of the nation’s most talented young scientists with an interest in addiction research.  In addition, department faculty train students in a wide range of research interests including lipid sciences, regenerative medicine, drug discovery, renal physiology and pharmacology, behavioral pharmacology, neuropsychiatry, cognitive science, aging, and cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology. Our students are highly successful in obtaining individual training fellowships and go on to fellowships in prominent labs across the country. 

Our department is currently undergoing an exciting time of new growth and renewal.  We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our department and its faculty and trainees.

Linda J. Porrino
Professor and Chair


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