In 1891, forty-one years after the University of Michigan Medical School began, the University established the first Department of Pharmacology in the United States. Its founder and first chair was John Jacob Abel, regarded as the Father of American Pharmacology.

Over the more than one hundred years since its start, our department has awarded more Ph.D. degrees in pharmacology than any other American university. Our graduates have made a major impact on the field of pharmacology. Among our alums are many pharmaceutical company executives, research directors and senior scientists; directors of government research labs; and recognized chairs and faculty in academia with reputations for both excellent research and teaching.

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Research News

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unless otherwise noted.

October 2014

Wednesday, October 22

Nicholas J. Donato, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology Oncology, University of Michigan

Title: Targeting Deubiquitinase Activity as a Novel Approach in Cancer Therapy

Friday, October 24

Jacob Mahoney, Sunahara Lab

Title: Allosteric Control of Beta2-adrenergic Receptor Function

Tuesday, October 28

Mark Rizzo, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Title:  What Naturally Regulates Cell Function?

Time: 10:30-11:30am

Location: 5915 Buhl

Wednesday, October 29

Yukun Yuan, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Medical School, University of Michigan

Title: Delayed maturation of GABAergic signaling in the brain of Scn1b null mouse model of Dravet Syndrome

Friday, October 31

Cong-Zhen Qiao, Lucchesi Lab

Title: Deep RNA-sequencing Reveals Shear Stress-sensitive Gene Regulation in Human Endothelial Cells

November 2014

Wednesday, November 5

Faculty Meeting

Friday, November 7

Chad Frasier, Postdoc, Isom Lab

Title: TBA

Wednesday, November 12

Alica Goldman, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine

Title: TBA

Friday, November 14

Cameron Capper, Rae Lab

Title: TBA

Friday, November 21

Sarah Mikelman, Gnegy Lab

Title: TBA

December 2014

Wednesday, December 3

Bill Catterall, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Washington

Title: TBA

Friday, December 5

Joseph Nichols, Sunahara Lab

Title: TBA

Wednesday, December 10

Faculty Meeting

Friday, December 12

Time: 9am - 12pm

MS Students

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

12:00 - 1:00 PM, room 2736 MS II

Dr. Vincent Groppi, Ph.D., Vice President and CSO Essen Bioscience

Title: Temporal Pharmacological Analysis of Angiogenesis and Metastasis

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

12:00 - 1:00 PM, room 2736 MS II

Dr. Vincent Groppi, Ph.D., Vice President and CSO Essen Bioscience

Title: Temporal Pharmacological Analysis of Angiogenesis and Metastasis

Congratulations to Dr. John McNeill (Ph.D. - 1967) who has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award  by the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences. More details....

Congratulations to Bob Kennedy, Ph.D. who has been named Distinguished University Professor, one of our university’s highest honors. More details....

Congratulations to Kevin Hicks, PhD (2010) who has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Lerner School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

A clinical study on the HIV drug maraviroc by Dr. Namandje Bumpus’s PhD (2008) lab that was published as a Fast Forward article in DMD on August 12 has been reported on in several news sources including Medscape HIV/AIDSD, Healthy Living Magazine, Science Daily, Pharmacy Learning Network, Public Health Watch, Specialty Pharmacy Times, American Nurse Today, and others.

Adam J. Kuszak, PhD (2009) recently earned an AAAS Fellowsip in the NIH’s Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). Read the article from the September issue of The Pharmacologist pp145-48.

Congratulations to John Tesmer, PhD and Matthew Young, PhD who have been awarded the drug discovery research grants from the Center for the Discovery of New Medicines . More details...

Dr. James A. Shayman, adjunct professor of Pharmacology, helped develop Cerdelga, a drug to treat Gaucher’s disease. Read More.

Congratulations to Carrie Ferrario, PhD and Emily Jutkiewicz, PhD who are the recipients of the 2014 NARSAD Young Investigator Grants.

Jennifer Lamberts, Traynor Lab (2013) will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy at Ferris State University, beginning September 1, 2014.

Congratulations to Lori Isom, Ph.D. who has been named by the Regents of the University of Michigan as the Interim Chair of our department.

Congratulations to John Tesmer, who has been appointed as an Associate Editor of Molecular Pharmacology.

Congratulations to D. Adam Lauver, Ph.D. who has been awarded the 2014 Frankel Cardiovascular Center Inaugural Grant Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Shaomeng Wang
who has been selected to receive the Distinguished University Innovator Award for 2014. More information.....

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Woods who has been awarded the P.B. Dews Lifetime Achievement Award in Pharmacology by ASPET for his seminal contributions to the fields of behavioral pharmacology and drug abuse.

Congratulations to Dr. Peggy Gnegy who has been elected as a Councilor for the American S
ociety for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. More Information.....

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Hollenberg
who has been awarded the Founders Award by the Division of Chemical Toxicology of the American Chemical Society for his seminal mechanistic studies of the cytochrome P450 monooxygenases that play a critical role in drug and xenobiotic metabolism. More information...

Congratulations to Namandje Bumpus, Ph.D. (Hollenberg Lab, 2003), who is the recipient of the 2014 Tanabe Young Investigator Award.



Kathryn Livingston, who is the recipient of a 2014 EDGE Fellowship Award from the Endowment for the Basic Sciences.

Colleen Carpenter was awarded a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant on June 16, 2014.

Sarah Mikelman who won the Best Poster Award at the 41st Pharmacology Colloquium on June 6th, 2014 at MSU.

Andrew Haak was runner up for the Best Oral Presentation at the 41st Pharmacology Colloquium on June 6th, 2014 at MSU.

Kathryn Livingston who won the Graduate Student Outstanding Poster Award at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, May 30th, 2014.

Larisa Kruger has been awarded a Rackham Conference Travel Grant on May 9, 2014.

Phillip Saccone has been awarded a Rackham Travel Grant on April 17, 2014.

Cameron Capper has been awarded a Rackham Conference Travel Grant on March 21, 2014.

Katherine Ryland has been awarded a Rackham Conference Travel Grant on March 20, 2014.

Andrew Haak has been awarded a Rackham Conference Travel Grant on March 4, 2014.

Andrew Haak and Kathryn Livingston are the recipients of the February 2014 Travel Award competition (Thomas Baum Travel Award).