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department of Pharmacology

Walter J. Koch, PhDA Message from Walter J. Koch, PhD, William Wikoff Smith Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine; Chairperson and Professor, Pharmacology; Director and Professor, Center for Translational Medicine

The Department of Pharmacology currently consists of 15 full time faculty members who hold primary, emeritus or joint appointments in the Department of Pharmacology.  Many are nationally and internationally recognized for their research or educational endeavors. The faculty has instructional responsibility to medical, dental and podiatric students.  All research faculty participate in the integrated Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.


The Department of Pharmacology provides excellent research opportunities in the field of opioids and other drugs of abuse, vascular biology, immunopharmacology, autonomic and cardiovascular pharmacology and cell signaling. Departmental laboratories are well equipped for the pursuit of research and our faculty members use a wide variety of contemporary methodologies to address issues in system, cellular and molecular pharmacology. The graduate and postgraduate training program in the pharmacology of drugs of abuse is nationally and internationally acclaimed, and is one of the few training programs supported by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. Newly recruited faculty add strength to vascular biology, cardiovascular and neuroscience research.


To view a listing of Department of Pharmacology alumni and the positions they currently hold, please click here.