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! 

Science HIghlights: The Itch Receptor - Kate Lansu leads research on opioid-induced itching

Kate Lansu
Kate Lansu, graduate student in Bryan Roth’s lab and first co-author on the paper.

Opioids have long been an important tool in the world of pain management, but the side effects of these drugs – from addiction and respiratory failure to severe itching and dizziness, can be overwhelming. Scientists have been trying to understand how these side effects happen so they can create better, less problematic pain relievers.

New findings published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology by UNC School of Medicine scientists in the department of pharmacology show that MRGRPX2, a receptor protein on the surface of mast cells, can trigger the immune system response that leads to itching associated with some opioids. read more...

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New Carolina Summer Fellowship Students Joining Us for the Summer!

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We welcome our eight new Carolina Summer Fellows who will be spending the summer with us!
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Orrin Stone Receives NIH ImPACT fellowship!

Orrin Stone ImPACT AwardCongratulations to Orrin Stone, a graduate student in the Hahn Lab, for receiving an NIH ImPACT fellowship, enabling him to intern at a Research Triangle pharmaceutical company.