Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology in the UC Davis School of Medicine. The Department comprises a dynamic group of faculty, researchers and students from diverse backgrounds undertaking investigations to reveal biological mechanisms that will ultimately lead to discovery of novel understanding of physiological and pathological mechanisms, identification of potential therapeutic targets and development of new strategies for a variety of human diseases.

The Department is led by Chair Donald Bers, Ph.D. and the Executive Advisory Group that includes Johannes W. Hell, Ph.D. (Vice-Chair for Academic Development), Crystal M. Ripplinger, Ph.D., (Vice-Chair for Research and Administration) and Heike Wulff, Ph.D. (Vice-Chair for Education). The Pharmacology Department is part of the basic biomedical sciences in the School of Medicine. The Department and its Faculty have strong connections with multiple UC Davis Graduate Groups, other Departments (in multiple colleges) and Research Centers constituting a powerful interactive high-quality research team. The faculty are also committed to excellence in teaching and service (both at UC Davis and beyond). UC Davis Pharmacology is one of the nation's top ranked pharmacology departments in federal research funding and hosts a diverse group of postdoctoral trainees and graduate students from different Graduate Groups.

Two of the strongest research areas within the Department are Cardiovascular and Neuroscience at multiple levels, and in a highly collaborative environment of considerable international reputation.  Along with other research areas, our work is unified by a common goal - to understand mechanistically the critical building blocks of biological systems from molecules to cells and organ systems, in health and disease, and to identify components that can be modified through pharmacology or other therapeutic strategies to cure disease. Please visit our Research Overview page and Faculty Research pages for details of ongoing work in the individual Departmental laboratories.

Spotlight on Our Pharmacology Team

2018 Dean's Team Award for Excellence in Research

Colleen E. Clancy, Ph.D.Colleen E. Clancy, Ph.D.

Eleonora Grandi, Ph.D.Eleonora Grandi, Ph.D.

Crystal Ripplinger, Ph.D.Crystal Ripplinger, Ph.D.

Igor Vorobyov, Ph.D.Igor Vorobyov, Ph.D.

Congratulations to the SPARC team who was recently awarded the 2018 Deans’ Team Award for Excellence!

Deborah Ward, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Interim Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and Lars F. Berglund, M.D., Ph.D., Interim Dean of the School of Medicine, recognized the SPARC team for outstanding multi-disciplinary team contributions to research.

Several Pharmacology Faculty are SPARC team members. The group includes: Colleen Clancy, Ph.D., Team lead; Eleonora Grandi, Ph.D., multi-PI; Luis F. Santana, Ph.D., multi-PI; Crystal Ripplinger, Co-I; Ph.D., Igor Vorobyov, Ph.D., Co-I; Chao Chen, Co-I; Jay Chen, Co-I; Timothy Lewis, Ph.D., Co-I; Andrew McCulloch, Ph.D. (UC San Diego), Co-I.

Featured in the Leaders in Cardiovascular Science Series

Donald M. Bers, Ph.D.

We are excited to announce that Dr. Donald Bers, Distinguished Professor and Chair, has been featured in the Leaders in Cardiovascular Science series published by the journal Circulation Research. As the premier journal for basic cardiovascular science, Circulation Research highlights those scientists who have made a significant and lasting impact on the field through the Leaders in Cardiovascular Science series. In the article, Dr. Bers reflects on his journey into science, the importance of mentorship, and his family and personal life. Congratulations to Dr. Bers!

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Department Team found a remarkable link between secondhand tobacco smoke and cardiac arrhythmia

Ripplinger and Team

We are proud to announce an exciting new research from the Ripplinger and Chen Labs in our Department highlighting the consequences of indoor secondhand smoke on cardiac function and in particular the increase incidence of cardiac alternants that may lead to cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Read more about this exciting research at the UC Davis Newsroom.

19 From UC Davis on Global List of Most-Cited Researchers

Heike Wulff, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Heike Wulff, Professor for being one among the nineteen researchers from the University of California, Davis, who have been named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list released by Clarivate Analytics. The list identifies exceptional scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence by publishing multiple papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations in a particular field and year, over a 10-year period.

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Digitizing interactions between the brain and the heart

Eleonora Grandi, Ph.D.

UC Davis Health researchers including Dr. Eleonora Grandi, Associate Professor, have been awarded $5.2 million over four years from the National Institutes of Health to develop the first computerized model of the relationship between the nervous system and cardiovascular disease.

The tool is expected to lead to new understanding of conditions such as hypertension, arrhythmia, heart failure and stroke, along with how those conditions change in response to treatment.

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