Department of Pharmacology & Molecular Sciences

John J. Abel, the "Father of Pharmacology," founded the Department of Pharmacology in 1893. Current faculty members are experts in biochemistry, immunology, virology, cancer, neuroscience, metabolism, genetics, and biophysics. Specific research topics include cancer therapeutics, viral infection mechanisms, antibacterial and antiviral drug development and delivery, protein structure and function, histone acetylation and gene regulation, drug metabolism and innate immunity. Faculty accept students from the Pharmacology Graduate Training Program, the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program, the Chemical Biology Interface Program, the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Training Program the Medical Scientist Training Program.

Interim Director

Ron Lee Schnaar PhD

  • John Jacob Abel Professor of Pharmacology
  • Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences