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The Department of Pharmacology is a leading center for research and training in the discipline of pharmacology, and is renowned for its strength in defining basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of signal transduction, elucidating molecular structure and function, and using computational science to translate basic knowledge into drug discovery relevant to treatment of cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases.


U.S. News & World Report 
has ranked UC San Diego's
Department of Pharmacology
in the top 5 in Best Global Universities for Pharmacology and Toxicology since 2017

Our department has consistently ranked 2nd or 3rd  amongst other Pharmacology departments in total NIH funding throughout the last decade.



Cutting-edge seminars are hosted almost every Tuesday in the UC San Diego Department of Pharmacology.  

NEW "Seminars in Pharmacology" Winter 2022 Schedule 

January 24, 2022

Christina Towers, PhD
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
"Mechanisms to circumvent autophagy inhibition in cancer cells"
Webinar Registration

February 1, 2022

Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, MD, PhD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
"New Insights into Pancreatic Cancer Biology and Genetics”
Webinar Registration  


In the News

January 2022

Please join us in congratulating Professor Susan Taylor, PhD who received the 2022 Herbert Tabor Research Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Professor Jin Zhang, PhD received the 2022 Robert R. Ruffolo Career Achievement Award in Pharmacology from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). Congrats, Jin!

October 2021

Please join us in congratulating Professor JoAnn Trejo, PhD for being elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH NEWSROOM: “Looking Beyond DNA to See Cancer with New Clarity,” features J. Silvio Gutkind, PhD

UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH NEWSROOM: “Spinach reduces colon cancer risk: Study explores how,” Medical News Today, featuresPieter Dorrestein, PhD

UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH NEWSROOM Blog: “Sweet Death,” features Michael Karin, PhD

Updated Information

December 2021

The Department of Pharmacology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Program (SURF) is now accepting applications for next summer's fellowship.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 14, 2022

Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego