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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.  

September 14, 2021

Andrew Lowy, M.D.
UC San Diego School of Medicine
“MICAL2: Linking Actin Dynamics and Transcriptional Control to Pancreatic Cancer Progression”
12:00p Zoom Only       

Webinar Registration

September 21, 2021

Jason Sicklick, M.D.
UC San Diego Health System / School of Medicine
"Thinking Outside Our Pill Box: New Insights for Targeting GIST"
12:00p - Leichtag 107 &
Webinar Registration


In the News

September 2021

UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH NEWSROOM, Blog: “A Yin and Yang of Alzheimer’s Disease,” features William Joiner, PhD

Congratulations to Jacob Wozniak, PhD (Gonzalez lab) and Cayce Dorrier, PhD (Daneman Lab), BMS graduates and pharmacological sciences trainees, who were selected as the recipients of the 15th annual 2021 Roland K. Robins Pharmacology Outstanding Thesis Award.

August 2021

Congratulations to Susan Taylor, PhD who received the prestigious 2022 Herbert Tabor Research Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH NEWSROOM, Podcast: “From landscaping to the lab: David Gonzalez’s journey through academia,” features David Gonzalez, PhD.

UCSD's Pharmacology Department was ranked #3 in 2022 by the US News and World Report. Congratulations to everyone!


September 2021

Molecular Pharmacology & Drug Discovery Research Area Orientation
Poster Session
Leichtag Lawn
September 20, 2021 3-4 p.m.

Leichtag Family Foundation Biomedical Sciences Building