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

M&M Lab wins School of Medicine Safety Award

M & M Lab

We are proud to announce that the M&M Lab, directed by Dr. Manuel F. Navedo and Dr. Madeline Nieves-Cintron, was awarded the UC Davis School of Medicine Safety Award. For the team, this Lab Safety Award recognizes the years-long safety efforts put forth by current and past members.

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Expertscape World Expert in Potassium

Heike Wulff, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Wulff who was placed in the top 0.1% of scholars writing about Potassium over the past 10 years by Expertscape! In recognition of Dr. Wulff’s achievement, Expertscape plans to tweet the following as part of our regular "Daily Experts" announcements on Wednesday, October 20, 2021:

As part of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month (October 2021), we congratulate Dr. Heike Wulff of the University of California Davis -- Recognized as an Expertscape World Expert in Potassium.


Elva Diaz awarded the 2020-2021 Chancellor’s Fellowship for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Elva Diaz, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Elva Diaz who has just been awarded the 2020-2021 Chancellor’s Fellowship for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! This fellowship is in recognition of her incredible contributions in supporting, tutoring, mentoring and advising underrepresented students and students from underserved communities. This is truly a well-deserved honor for Dr. Diaz. Dr. Diaz is currently serving as Chair of the I-DARE Taskforce Community for the Department of Pharmacology


Gelli and Navedo elected to Faculty Executive Committee

Angela Gelli, Ph.D.

Manuel Navedo, Ph.D.

We are proud to announce that Dr. Angie Gelli and Dr. Manuel F. Navedo have been elected to the UC Davis School of Medicine Faculty Executive Committee (FEC). Election to this committee is a tremendous responsibility and privilege. The committee contributes to the shared governance of the School of Medicine within UC Davis. Their election to FEC adds to the meaningful and extensive service that the Pharmacology Faculty provides to the Schools and UC Davis.