Welcome to the Pharmacology Department!

Henrik Dolman, PhD, ChairOur Graduate Program is dedicated to the training of outstanding scientists in the pharmacological sciences. 
An outstanding graduate program is a high priority of our department, and the training faculty participate fully at all levels. Our department ranks consistently in the highest levels of NIH funding for pharmacology departments nationwide and a great diversity of research areas is available to trainees. more

The Department of Pharmacology ranks #3 in the nation in NIH research funding in its field.

Our Global Science Ranking: #2 In the World in Pharmacology and Toxicology Research and Publications, according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities 2018 report.

Carolina ranked top college value for 16th time in American public higher education, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance! 

Cell Stem Cell Selects Song Lab Paper and Cover as Best of 2017!

Song Lab - Cell Best of 2017 Cover

The Song Lab Cover for Cell Stem Cell November 2017 issue along with its accompanying paper have been recognized among the Best Articles and Covers for 2017 by Cell Stem Cell!

Congratulations to Juan Song, senior author on the paper, Hechen Bao, co-first-author and cover designer, Brent African, co-first-author on the paper, Mengting Dai, cover designer and contributing authors Szu-Aun Lim and Isaac Haniff!


Graduate Students Celebrate at Carowinds!

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Our 2nd-year graduate students celebrate at Carowinds after completing their qualifying exams! 

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Steelman Symposium Honoring Gary L. Johnson

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Pharmacology held the Steelman Symposium honoring Gary L. Johnson, who was Chair of Pharmacology from 2003 to 2016. There were seven speakers and many former and current Johnson lab members in attendance. read more...

Roth, Johnson awarded $28 million for Illuminating Druggable Genome NIH grants

Gary Johnson & Bryan Roth in labBryan Roth and Gary Johnson awarded two of three prestigious NIH grants for "Illuminating the Druggable Genome" to better understand understudied proteins from three gene families: ion channels, G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and protein kinases.  In many human diseases, these three families are important therapeutic targets for FDA-approved drugs. The grants award $14M each over 6 years. read more...

New genomic research lead by Jonathan Schisler on cardiovascular health in rural North Carolina published

edible green plantOne study looks at how common genetic variation in our taste receptors for bitter taste (such as that found in leafy green vegetables) associates with changes in vegetable intake in a lifestyle intervention designed to promote heart health. Over half of Caucasians, and an even higher percentage of African Americans are sensitive to this bitter taste. 

A second study highlights which blood pressure-related genetic variants, identified from large clinical studies, were applicable to the study population based in this region and showed clinicians how genetic data can provide important information on how patients will respond to blood pressure medications.

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Mayest 2018!

We welcomed our new graduate students and our 2018 Carolina Summer Fellowship student at our big spring Mayest celebration! 

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Our 2018 Carolina Summer Fellowship Students Arrive!

2018 CSF students back row (L to R): Dylan Shuler, Nika Fendler, Garima Tomar and Sheloren Deering; front row (L to R): Larshe Moore, Sara Hudson, Dajhnae Gambrell-Sanders, Karson Guthrie and Alex Tribo.

We welcome our nine new Carolina Summer Fellowship Program students!
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We welcome our new graduate students for 2018!

New PHCO students (L to R): Ana Cartaya, Taylor Enrico, Emily Fennell, Sandra Zarmer, Blaide Woodburn, Marissa Bivins, Danielle Chappell, Chitra Saran, Selin Altinok, Jeffrey Diberto.  Not pictured: Liz Kulko.

Students will give their first talks Friday, June 1. Please come by to get to know them!

Congratulations to María Torruella Suárez for her 3-Year NRSA Fellowship Award!

María Torruella SuárezMaría Luisa, a graduate student in the McElligott lab at the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, received an NRSA fellowship from the NIAAA entitled “Examining Alcohol Induced Plasticity in Amygdala Hind Brain Circuits.” read more...

We welcome Daniel Dominguez, our newest faculty member

Daniel Dominguez, PhDWe are pleased to welcome a new faculty member, Dr. Daniel Dominguez, who will start this fall. Dr. Dominguez is an alumni of the Pharmacology Graduate program who worked with Zefeng Wang before moving to Chris Burge’s lab at MIT. As a postdoc, Daniel developed a novel high throughput method to define the structure and sequence specificity of nearly 80 RNA binding proteins, and then determined how RNA-protein interactions affect sensitivity to chemotherapeuticsDr.  read more...

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