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, museums and the Lake.


The department ranked 8th in the nation in our field in NIH research funding in 2014. 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

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thesis Defense - Brian Burmeister

"PKA Phosphorylation of Shp2 Inhibits Its Phosphatase Activity and Modulate Substrate Specificity"

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Radulovacki Lecture

Ivan Dikic, MD, PhD

"Ubiquitin and Autophagy networks in Health and Disease"

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

Monday, June 15, 2015

Pharmacology Visiting Professor Seminar

David Ginsburg, MD

"Cargo Receptors in the ER: Clotting Factors in Cholesterol Regulation"

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Congratulations to Asrar Malik for receiving the Centennial Scholar Award, presented by the Institute of Medicine of Chicago at the 100th Anniversary Gala Reception and Dinner.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Thesis Defense - Alicia N Rizzo

"The Role of Abl Family Kinases in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome"