The Department of Pharmacology is a leading center for research and training in the discipline of pharmacology, and is renowned for its strength in defining basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of signal transduction, elucidating molecular structure and function, and using computational science to translate basic knowledge into drug discovery relevant to treatment of cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases.


UC San Diego - EPIC     
EPIC Bootcamp for Postdoctoral Students is a professional development event spanning two half days and is designed for postdoctoral scholars at the beginning of their training at UC San Diego. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017
12:00PM - 6:00PM (MET)

Friday, January 27, 2017
8:30AM - 1:00PM (MET)

EPIC Bootcamp Flyer

Job Opening

Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

Two Tenure- or Research- Track Faculty Positions in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Job Opening
LSU Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA

Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Pharmacology Faculty Search.pdf

Funding Opportunities Available

The PhRMA Foundation is pleased to present the following funding opportunities:

Clinical Pharmacology
Due by February 1, 2017

Health Outcomes
Due by February 1, 2017

Translational Medicine & Therapeutics
Due by February 1, 2017

Visit the PhRMA website for more detailed information or email:


Cutting-edge seminars are hosted almost every Tuesday in the UC San Diego Department of Pharmacology.  

Upcoming Seminars:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
May Han, MD
Stanford University
"Sphingosine-1-phosphate Signaling in Lymphocyte Activation and Trafficking to the CNS"
12:00pm, Leichtag Building Rm.107

Monday, February 13, 2017
Brent R. Martin, PhD
University of Michigan
"S-palmitoylation and Cross-Reactive Cysteine Modifications"
11:30 am, CNCB Auditorium

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Sarah Spiegel, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
"Sphingosine-1-phosphate, from Insipid Lipid to Key Regulator of Lymphocyte Trafficking and the Link Between Inflammation and Cancer"
12:00pm, Leichtag Building Rm.107

Tuesday, February 20, 2017

Rajat Rohatgi, MD, PhD
Stanford University
"Regulation of Hedgehog Signaling by Sterol Lipids"
12:00pm, Leichtag Building Rm.107

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Peter Zhou, MD, PhD
University of Kentucky, College of Medicine
"Epithelial-mesenchymal Transition in Breast Cancer Progression and Metastasis"
2:30pm, CNCB Auditorium

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Alan V. Smrcka
University of Michigan
"Subcellular Compartmentalism of Phospholipase C Signaling in Cardiac Physiology and Failure"
12:00pm, Leichtag Building Rm.107

Please click on the link to access the full seminar schedule and to check out recent event updates.

View the full Seminar Schedule

In the News

The Salk Institute, La Jolla announces Tony Hunter, PhD has been awarded one of the inaugural Sjöberg Prize for Cancer research  

Robert Tukey, PhD and ShuJuan Chen, PhD were featured in "Severe Newborn Jaundice Could be Preventable, Mouse Study Shows"

Joan Heller Brown, PhD was awarded the Otto Krayer Award in Pharmacology by ASPET. 

Paul A. Insel, MD was awarded the David Lehr Research Award by ASPET.

Jerold J. Chun, PhD accepted a new faculty position with Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute 

December 2016

Roger Tsien Lab was featured in "Merry Microscopy and A Happy New Technique"

Kun-Liang Guan, PhD was featured in "Study Reveals New Role for Hippo Pathway in Suppressing Cancer Immunity"

Tracy Handel, PhD was featured in "Researchers Reveal 3D Structure of Cell's Inflammation Sensor and its Inhibitors" and Nature.

November 2016

Tannishtha Reya, PhD was featured in "Antibody Breaks Leukemia's Hold, Providing New Therpeutic Approach" and Cancer Cell.

October 2016

Palmer Taylor, PhD will be honored as a Revelle Medal recipient at the UC San Diego Founders Celebration. The Revelle Medal is the highest honor given by the Chancellor to a current or former faculty member for sustained, distinguished, and extraordinary service to UC San Diego.  

August 2016

Andy McCammon, PhD was awarded the Joseph O. Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry.  This prize, from the University of Wisconsin, is the highest university-based award in theoretical chemistry; four previous winners have won the Nobel Prize. 

May 10, 2016

"Genetic Variations that Boost PKC Enzyme Contribute to Alzheimer's Disease" features Alexandra Newton, PhD. and published in Science Signaling.

Feb 25, 2016

"Molecular "Brake" Prevents Excessive Inflammation: Protein p62 keeps macrophages in check"
features Michael Karin, PhD. and published in Cell

Feb 1, 2016

UC San Diego Researchers Cited Among "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds"
features Kun-Liang Guan, PhD, Michael Karin, PhD and Roger Tsien, PhD.

All News


November 2016
Department of Pharmacology Faculty Participate in the "Padres Pedal the Cause: A World Without Cancer" Fundraiser

This event is an annual cycling fundraiser that donates 100% of the net proceeds to benefit cancer research.  The three San Diego based National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Sanford Burnham Presbys Medical Research Institute and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, as well as Rady Children's hospital are beneficiaries.  The goal is to fund research that may lead to a cure for cancer. 
BikeTeam16.JPGTeam Members - From Left to Right: Jin Zhang, Silvio Gutkind, and Maya Kunkel