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.

We welcome Henrik Dohlman, PhD, as the new Chair of the Pharmacology Department, effective October 1, 2016!

Student Highlights

Tigist Tamir HHMI Fellowship RecipientCongratulations to Tigist Tamir, a third-year graduate student in the Major lab and T32 appointee, for receiving a Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Gilliam Fellowship to research cell-signaling mechanisms that could provide new targets for treating cancer. Tig also had her student profile highlighted in the SOM Vital Signs news this month! 

Tig grew up in Ethiopia and moved to northern Virginia midway through high school. The opportunities Tig has found in the United States have included experience at the bench in a number of different labs and a variety of outreach efforts intended to promote diversity in the sciences.

To learn more about how Tig became interested in science, why she decided to come to UNC and what led her to pursue her current research, read more about Tig in Vital Signs... 


Alan Jones Lab featured on the cover of Science Signaling

Jones lab science signaling cover sept 20 2016Citation: Urano, D, Maruta, N, Trusov, Y, Stoian, R, Liang, Y, Jaiswal, DK, Thung, L, Botella, JR, and  Jones, AM. Saltatory evolution of the heterotrimeric G protein signaling mechanisms in the plant kingdom. Science Signaling 9(446), 2016.

The Online Cover "features a Research Article that describes the evolution and function of two distinct families of Gα proteins in plants. The XLG family is similar to the hare, rapidly evolving to enable adaptation to living on land; whereas the canonical Gα family is similar to the tortoise, slowly evolving and maintaining interactions with binding partners. [Image: Ivy Close Images/Alamy Stock Photo]" ~except from same issue of Science Signaling.