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

October 8-10, 2014

Midwest Platelet Conference

"Everything About Platelets"

Click here for More Information and Registration

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Feinberg Lecture

Tak Mak, PhD

"Future Anti-Cancer Targets: Put the Cart Before the Horses?"

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Visiting Professor Seminar Series

Rubin Tuder, MD

"Novel translational paradigms in Pulmonary hypertension: metabolic reprogramming and TH2 inflammation"

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

International Vascular Biology Meeting (IVBM)

Asrar Malik Presenting:

"Forces and Signalplex formed on VE-Cadherin Regulating Adherens Junction Assembly and Disassembly"

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