Welcome to the Department 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 and the Lake.


The department ranked 7th in the nation in our field in NIH research funding in 2013. 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.


In regards to training, our primary emphasis is to train creative, independent researchers by providing both our predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows 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 adminstration, government, and the pharmaceutical industry. This is in fact a primary goal of the department.


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




Mechanisms of

Thrombosis &

Platelet Signaling


Lung Biology &






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. 

Asrar B Malik, PhD

Schweppe Family Distinguished Professor

Head, Dept of Pharmacology

New & Events

Midwest Platelet Conference 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Michael Bristow Lecture

Donald Ingber, MD, PhD

"Human Organs on Chips and Programmable Nanotherapeutics"

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Klaus Unna Lecture

W James Nelson, PhD

"Adhesive Mechanisms of Multicellularity Across Scales from Atoms to Tissues"

Stem Cell Biology

& Regenerative



Cell Receptors

& Signaling


Faculty Research Areas

Department of Pharmacology          835 S Wolcott Ave E403, MC 868, Chicago, IL 60612 USA          PH: 312-996-7635          FAX: 312-996-1225

Friday, October 24 - Saturday, October 25

Annual Pharmacology Department Retreat

Hyatt Lodge

View some of the pictures & like us on Facebook.

October 8-10, 2014

"Everything About Platelets"

University Club of Chicago