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

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.

UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovator of the Year for 2019

Michael A. Rogawski, M.D., Ph.D.Michael A. Rogawski, M.D., Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Rogawski, who was just named a UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovator of the Year for 2019. Dr. Rogawski was recognized for his work on Postpartum Depression and a new drug that will aid in treating it. A ceremony was held on May 30th to honor Dr. Rogawski for his innovative research and the positive and lasting effects it will hold on the community.

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2019 Editorial Board Fellow

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

Congratulations to Dr. Ele Grandi who was just selected to serve as an Editorial Board Fellow for the Journal of Physiology! Dr. Grandi was carefully chosen for this honor from a competitive pool of highly-qualified applicants.

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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.