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! 

Scientists Discover Intricacies of Serotonin Receptor Crucial for Better Therapeutics

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By crystalizing a serotonin receptor bound to several common compounds, Bryan Roth has discovered how slightly different drugs can cause severe side effects or none at all. The findings should accelerate the design of safer and more effective medications for a variety of conditions.  Postdoc John McCorvy was first author on the paper published in Nature Structure & Molecular Biology. read more...

Juanita Limas Highlighted in Women in Science

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Juanita Limas, graduate student in the Cook lab and HHMI Gilliam Fellow, is highlighted in Endeavor's Women in Science Wednesdays.  read more ...

Magical Treats & Trivia Went Like A Charm!

This year's Treats & Trivia was fantastical!! Congratulations to the Student Team Champions of the Treats & Trivia Challenge! ~Click image for larger view of the Harry Potter actors. More pics coming...

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Channing Der Quoted in Ras-driven Cancer Article

Photo of Channing DerChanning Der was quoted in a recent article on Ras-driven cancers published in Cure Today. read more...

Irem Dagliyan and Devon Blake Awarded 2018 Lineberger Graduate Fellow Awards


Congratulations to Irem Dagliyan and Devon Blake, Pharmacology students in Channing Der’s lab, for being two of four recipients of the 2018 Lineberger Graduate Fellow Award! This annual award recognizes outstanding graduate students in the research programs of Members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Channing Der Receives Grant to Study Pancreatic Cancer

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Congratulations to Channing Der for receiving a $600,000 grant to study Pancreatic Cancer! 
See his interview in the Daily Tar Heel!

Scientists Create Method to Map Vast Unknown Territory of Long Non-coding RNA

Communities of long non-coding RNAsCongratulations to Assistant Professor, Mauro Calabrese, PhD, and Calabrese lab graduate student and first author, Jessime Kirk, for developing a way to categorize mysterious RNA molecules by their likely function, a big first step toward quickening the discovery of their roles in human health and diseases, such as cancers. The research breakthrough was published online in Nature Genetics Sept. 17.  read more...

Klaus Hahn To Be Awarded Pearse Prize by Royal Microscopy Society

Dr. Klaus Hahn, Ronald Thurman Distinguished Professor of PharmacologyKlaus Hahn will receive the prestigious Pearse Prize from the Royal Microscopy Society for his pioneering work in the "design of biosensors and optogenetics to visualize and control signalling in living cells." The prize is given every 4 to 5 years to "a scientist who has made a significant contribution to histochemistry and life sciences, and is still active in their field."  He will give a plenary lecture and receive the award in July in England. read more...

Wesley Legant's Scientific Image In NC Museum of Art Exhibition, the ‘Art of Science and Innovation’

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Wesley Legant has one of his scientific images on display in a new exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art, “The Art of Science and Innovation,” which showcases the hidden beauty of biomedical research that could help unlock new, life-saving treatments. The free exhibition runs through Jan. 14, 2019, and features stunning images from the labs of UNC School of Medicine scientists. read more...

Alex Chung Makes It To Three Minute Thesis Finals!

Alex ChungCongratulations to Alex Chung, a 5th year pharmacology graduate student in the Parise lab, for being one of the Three Minute Thesis Finalists!

Participants have just three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience. There are ten finalists in all. read more...

Juan Song Awarded One of Two 2019 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes

Juan SongCongratulations to Juan Song who will be awarded one of four 2019 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. The Hettleman Lectures are presentations by some of UNC’s most distinguished young scholars!

The Hettleman 2018 Talks will be presented Nov. 7, 2018 @ 4PM in the The Carolina Club, Alumni Hall I. 

In addition to that, Juan’s Alzheimer's Association Research Grant (AARG) Program was also successfully reviewed and funded!

Samantha Miller Bevill Successfully Defends Her PhD!

Henrik Dohlman, Samantha Bevill and Gary JohnsonCongratulations to Samantha Miller Bevill, graduate student in Gary Johnson's lab, who successfully defended her PhD on Oct. 15!

The title of her thesis talk was “Defining Transcriptional Mechanisms of Adaptive Resistance to Targeted Therapies in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.” 

Pictured right (L to R): Dr. Henrik Dohlman, Dr. Samantha Miller Bevill and Dr. Gary Johnson! Click image for larger view. View more pics on Facebook... 

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