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:

Thursday, December 13, 2018 
Heide Ford, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus 
"Developing Novel Means to Inhibit Metastasis through Targeting Tumor Heterogeneity and EMT"
1:30 pm, CNCB Auditorium

Friday, January 4, 2019
Dafna Bar-Sagi, Ph.D.
NYU Langone Medical Center 
"Oncogenic Ras-dependent Determinants of Tumor Fitness"
12:00 pm, Goldberg Auditorium (2nd Floor)
UCSD Moores Cancer Center

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 
Ryan Hibbs, Ph.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 
"Structural Principles Underlying Fast Excitation and Inhibition at Chemical Synapses"
12:00 pm, Leichtag Building, Room 107

View the full Seminar Schedule


In the News

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.

November 2016
Department of Pharmacology Faculty Participate in the "Padres Pedal the Cause: A World Without Cancer" Fundraiser

This event is an annual cycling fundraiser that donates 100% of the net proceeds to benefit cancer research.  The three San Diego based National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Sanford Burnham Presbys Medical Research Institute and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, as well as Rady Children's hospital are beneficiaries.  The goal is to fund research that may lead to a cure for cancer. 
BikeTeam16.JPGTeam Members - From Left to Right: Jin Zhang, Silvio Gutkind, and Maya Kunkel