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 
ranked UC San Diego's
Department of Pharmacology
Second in Best Global Universities for Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2018

Department of Pharmacology 
  Ranked second in Total NIH Funding for 2017

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is proud to announce the launch of their new M.S. in Drug Development & Product Management degree program.  The first class of students will commence September 2018. 


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

Upcoming Seminars:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 
Natalia Jura, Ph.D.
UC San Francisco
"Signaling Mechanisms by Atypical Kinases and Phosphatases"
12:00 pm, Leichtag Building, Room 107

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 
Tracy Handel, Ph.D.
UC San Diego - Skaggs School of Pharmacy
"What Structure Tells Us About Chemokine Receptor Activation and Inhibition"
12:00 pm, Leichtag Building, Room 107

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Kevan M. Shokat, Ph.D.
UC San Francisco 
"Chemical Tricks for Drugging the Undruggable"
2:00 pm, Leichtag Building, Room 107

View the full Seminar Schedule


In the News

Alexandra Newton, PhD wins the ASPET 2019 Julius Axelrod Award in Pharmacology.   

Palmer Taylor, PhD wins the ASPET 2019 Robert R. Ruffolo Career Achievement Award in Pharmacology.

Alexandra Newton, PhD is featured in "Just in Time for the New Year: How to Live Longer (if You’re a Cancer Cell)."

December 2018
Jack Dixon, PhD is featured in "JUST THE FAQS: Enzyme Fam20C’s Role in Heart Disease."

Tannishtha Reya, PhD is featured in "Stand Up To Cancer Grant Funds UC San Diego Health Research in Pancreatic Cancer."

Jerold Chun, MD, PhD is featured in "HIV drugs may help people with Alzheimer's and Down syndrome, says new hypothesis on Alzheimer's origins."

All News


April 2018

Congratulations to all our poster and presentation award winners at the 2018 Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego!  Pictured below are Pharmacological Sciences Training Grant award winners Amy Chin, Aleena Arakaki, Tim Baffi and An-Angela Van.  Not pictured are Pharmacology postdoctoral winners Cameron Brand, Eric Greenwald and Takeshi Suetomi.We also had an excellent turnout at the Pharmacology Alumni Mixer.  A great time was had by All!  

October 2017
Dr. Silvio Gutkind, PhD hosted the Moore's Cancer Center Retreat on October 31, 2017.

In attendance were from L to R: Dr. Silvio Gutkind, Dr. Alexandra Newton, Dr. Joan Heller Brown, and Dr. Tracy Handel.