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

Designing a new class of drugs to treat chronic pain

Heike Wulff, Ph.D.Heike Wulff, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Heike Wulff and the UC Davis Research Team for receiving the HEAL Award from NIH! This grant was awarded to aid in the research and development of a new form of pain medication that would not carry the same side-effects of opioids. Dr. Wulff is joined by Faculty members: Vladimir Yarov-Yarovoy, Bruce Hammock, Karen Wagner, Dan Tancredi, and Jon Sack.

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Dr. Madeline Nieves-Cintron named a 2019 CAMPOS Faculty Scholar

We are excited to announce that Dr. Madeline Nieves-Cintron was named a 2019 CAMPOS Faculty Scholar!

The mission of CAMPOS is to support discovery of knowledge through an inclusive environment that is diversity driven, mentorship grounded, and career success focused. Scholars are selected based on overall excellence and contributions to diversity through research, teaching and service. An induction ceremony will be held for the honorees on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 5:30 - 8:00pm at the Manetti Shrem Museum (RSVP required for this event).

Discovering how diabetes leads to vascular disease

Manuel Navedo, Ph.D.Manuel Navedo, Ph.D.

We are excited to announce an exciting new research from the Navedo and Nieves-Cintron Labs identify how elevations in glucose and diabetes increase the risks of vascular complications that may contribute to cardiovascular diseases such as heart diseases and stroke. To learn more about this exciting research, visit the UC Davis Newsroom.

Dr. Navedo elected Fellow of the American Heart Association

Manuel Navedo, Ph.D.Manuel Navedo, Ph.D.

We are proud to announce that Dr. Manuel F. Navedo was recently elected Fellow of the American Heart Association, a distinction that was conferred by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences. Fellows are recognized for excellence, innovative and sustained contributions in the areas of scholarship, practice, education and volunteer service within the mission of the American Heart Association. Visit Dr. Navedo’s website to learn more about his exciting research.