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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 "Pharmacology Seminar Series" Spring 2022 Schedule 


May 10, 2022

Ronald Evans, Ph.D.
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
"Novel approaches to target colon cancer"
12:00p - IN PERSON - Leichtag 107 Optional Webinar Registration

May 17, 2022

Quinton Smith, Ph.D.

UC Irvine
"Stem Cell Fate is a Touchy Subject"
12:00p - IN PERSON - Leichtag 107 Optional Webinar Registration

May 24, 2022

Leslie Crews, Ph.D.
UC San Diego
"Targeting Immune Regulators of Malignant Regeneration in Multiple Myeloma"
12:00p - IN PERSON - Leichtag 107 Optional Webinar Registration

In the News

April 2022

Professor Ron Evans, PhD received the AACR Clowes award for Outstanding Basic Cancer Research. Congratulations!

Professor Jin Zhang, PhD received the Christian B. Anfinsen Award, sponsored by The Protein Society. Congratulations!

March 2022

Professor Tony Hunter received the AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research. Congratulations!

February 2022

Please join us in congratulating our chair, J. Silvio Gutkind, PhD, for his selection as a 2022 Fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

January 2022

Associate Professor David Gonzalez, PhD is featured in Digitized Number 2: Stool Samples Reveal Microbial Enzyme Driving Bowel Disease for a study published on January 27, 2022 in Nature Microbiology.

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!

Updated Information

‚ÄčDecember 2021

The Department of Pharmacology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Program (SURF) Application Deadline: Monday, February 14, 2022 (Closed)

Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego