Welcome to the Pharmacology Department!

Photo of Gary L. Johnson 130 x 150Our 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 ranked #4 in the nation in its field in NIH research funding.

Our Global Science Ranking:  #3rd Globally according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities 2015 report.

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.

Upcoming Events
Seminar presented by Dr. Alison Xiaoqiao Xie Sep 27, 2016 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM — 1131 Bioinformatics Auditorium
Seminar presented by Dr. Qing Zhang, UNC-LCCC Oct 04, 2016 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM — 1131 Bioinformatics Auditorium
Seminar presented by Dr. Danny Dhanasekaran, OUHSC Oct 25, 2016 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM — 1131 Bioinformatics Auditorium
Treats and Trivia Oct 31, 2016 03:30 PM - 04:45 PM — 4007 GMB
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