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WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACOLOGY

Schweppe Family Distinguished

Professor and Head

Dept of Pharmacology

Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Illinois in Chicago. We are a basic sciences department in the College of Medicine, situated in a vibrant part of the city, just west of the Loop. We are located only minutes from downtown Chicago, museums and the Lake.


We have a dynamic group of junior and senior faculty, research faculty, post doctoral fellows and PhD students. The department's strengths are in the broad areas of cell signaling, cardiovascular and lung biology, stem cells and regenerative medicine, and drug discovery. Investigators lead programs in both basic and translational research related to a number of pathologies.


Our department consistently leads the field in funding and is home to a world-class graduate pharmacology program. In 2016, we were ranked 7th in the nation in our field in NIH research funding and in 2017, we were ranked in the top 11 in the United States based on QS World University Rankings by Subject in Pharmacy and Pharmacology, among other elite institutions such as Harvard, UCSF, Yale, UCSD, Johns Hopkins, and UNC.


In regards to training, our primary emphasis is to train creative, independent researchers by providing both our predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellow with a wide range of skills needed in this rapidly-evolving and increasingly competitive scientific world. Our department has a strong record of developing careers of outstanding scientists and promoting the critical scientific thinking and problem solving skills needed for successful research related careers such as teaching and policy making and in administration, government, and the pharmaceutical industry. This is in fact a primary goal of the department.


We invite you to explore our website to get to know more about our department and discover the research interests of our faculty.

FACULTY RESEARCH AREAS

VASCULAR

BIOLOGY

LUNG BIOLOGY & PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

INFLAMMATION SIGNALING

MECHANISMS

CELL RECEPTORS

& SIGNALING

STEM CELL BIOLOGY

& REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

MECHANISMS OF THROMBOSIS & PLATELET SIGNALING

The Department of Pharmacology at UIC offers training in molecular and cellular pharmacology and translational integrative biology leading to the PhD or MD/PhD degree. The Department participates in a program for predoctoral candidates, Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS), which offers interdisciplinary coursework, integrated training in the biomedical sciences, flexibility in laboratory rotations, and choice of mentors from among more than 110 funded research faculty in all departments and PhD programs in the College of Medicine.

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 6, 2017

October Coffee Hour

4th Floor COMRB Lounge - 4 PM

October 13, 2017

PhD Student Research Forum

Menglin Liu

4175 COMRB - 12 PM

October 24, 2017

Pharmacology Visiting Professor Seminar

Rafi Ahmed, PhD

1020 COMRB - 12 PM

"T Cell Exhaustion and PD-1 Therapy"

October 27-28, 2017

Annual Department Retreat

Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook

November 1, 2017

Pharmacology Visiting Professor Seminar

Gary Gibbons, MD

1020 COMRB - 12 PM

"Seizing Unprecedented Opportunities: Pursuit of Strategic Priorities in Heart,

Lung, Blood & Sleep Science"

November 8, 2017

Pharmacology Visiting Professor Seminar

Samir Mitragotri, PhD

1020 COMRB - 12 PM

RECENT NEWS

September 1, 2017

New R56 Award

Yuru Liu

"Regulation of Type II Cells in the Repair of Alveolar Epithelial Injury"

August 1, 2017

New R21 Award

Andrei Karginov

"Engineered Regulation of Tyrosine Phosphatase Activity in Living Cells"


New R01 Award

John O'Bryan

"Probing RAS-Mediated Signaling with Monobody Inhibitors"

July 1, 2017

New R01 Award

Kostandin Pajcini

"The Role of Notch Signaling in Fetal Hematopoietic Stem Cells"


New AHA Awards

Yuru Liu

"Sphinogsine-1 Phosphate as an Angiocrine Mediator in

Alveolar Repair Following Lung Injury"

Kishore Wary

"Mechanisms of Ischemic Preconditioning Mediated de novo Neovascularization"

Kyung Ho Kim

"Role of Platelet Ero1alpha in Platelet Function and Thrombogenesis"

Hojin Kang

"S1P Activation of Piezo1 Mediates Angiogenesis in Response to Wall Shear Stress

Xiaoyan Yang

"The Role of Cytoplasmic deacetylase, Sirtuin2: a Novel Regulator of Cardiotoxicity in Heart Failure"