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 #4 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 2016 report.

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

Treats & Trivia 2017 - A Lot of Fun!

All the Scooby Doo Wild Wild West Actors

Thank you Scooby Doo Wild Wild West Actors! You rock! Awesome fun!
Back row: Bree Little, Yi Xu, Andrew Truong, Conner Wander, Angela Lovett, Matt Cummins, Dan Sprague.  Front row: Nicole Arnold, Natalie Hewitt Valentin, Ryan Murphy, Juanita Limas, Raquel Martinez Chacin, Marissa Cann, Lucas Aponte-Collazo, Sarah Muller. Click for larger view. more pics on Facebook...

Congratulations Retreat Award Winners!

Congratulations to all the presentation award winners at this year's research retreat!

Best Oral presentations: Megan Agajanian (graduate student), Jessime Kirk (graduate student), and Justin English (postdoc).

Best Poster presentations:   Samantha Bevill (graduate student), Reid Olsen (graduate student), Megan Schertzer (graduate student), Orrin Stone (graduate student), Bei Liu (postdoc), Sheng Wang (postdoc).

Retreat Presentation Awards 2017 - Group

Award winners, back row (L to R): Megan Scherzer, Sam Bevill, Bei Liu, Megan Agajanian; front row (L to R): Jessime Kirk, Justin English and Reid Olsen. Not pictured: Orrin Stone and Sheng Wang. Click for larger view.

Ten BBSP Students Join Pharmacology Graduate Program!

New Graduate Students Join Pharmacology in 2017

Please join us in welcoming our new Pharmacology graduate students, who are pictured at right at MayFest! 2017.

get to know them...

Song Lab Publishes Cover Paper in Cell Stem Cell

On the cover: In this issue, Bao et al. (604–617) show that long-range GABAergic projections from medial septum (MS) are necessary and sufficient for regulating neurogenesis through dentate local PV interneurons. The cover image is an artistic modification of the MS GABAergic projections acquired from Micro-Optical Sectioning Tomography (MOST) by Dr. Hui Gong from HUST. Flying birds allude to messengers sending GABA transmitter to the neurogenic niche. The lake and forest pictured below represent local PV interneurons nourishing neural stem cells. Cover designed by Hechen Bao and Mengting Dai.Congratulations to the Song lab for publishing the cover paper for the November 2, 2017 issue of Cell Stem Cell! The paper is titled, "Long-Range GABAergic Inputs Regulate Neural Stem Cell Quiescence and Control Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis"!  The researchers identified a neurogenesis-controlling brain circuit that runs from near the front of the brain back to the hippocampus, a learning- and memory-related structure. The hippocampus is one of the major sites of neurogenesis in the adult human brain, and the circuit that Song’s team has identified regulates this neuron-producing process. read more...

NIH gives $8.7M grant to the Bowles Alcohol Research Center

Fulton Crews, PhDCongratulations to Pharmacology faculty members Fulton Crews, Tom Kash, Clyde Hodge, Leslie Morrow, Melissa Herman and Zoe McElligott for receiving an $8.7 million 5-year grant renewal from the NIH for the Bowles Alcohol Research Center! read more...

A Microscope Maker

Wesley LegantCongratulations to Wesley Legant, PhD, assistant professor in Pharmacology, who is highlighted in a Nature technology feature, "The Microscope Makers." The feature article describes his and fellow do-it-yourself scientists' approach that lead to the development of light sheet microscopy for live cell imaging.

"...when the right tool for the job doesn’t exist, make it."

read the full article on Nature...

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