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.


Welcome to the 2016-2017 Academic Year!

We look forward to welcoming our new cohort of graduate students!

Stay tuned for information on upcoming events in the Department of Pharmacology.


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

Upcoming Seminars:

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Arin Bhattacharjee, Ph.D.
The State University of New York at Buffalo
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
1:30pm, Leichtag Building Rm.107

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Patrick Hogan, Ph.D.
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
"Mechanisms of Cellular Calcium Signaling"
12:00pm, Leichtag Building Rm.107

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Razelle Kurzrock, M.D.
Moores Cancer Center, UC San Diego
"Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy: The Era of Genomics and Immunotherapy"
12:00pm, Leichtag Building Rm.107

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

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In the News

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