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Message from the Director

Namandje Bumpus

Welcome to The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, the United States’ first pharmacology department! I invite you to peruse our website and explore who we are and what we do.

Our department was founded in 1893 by John Jacob Abel, the “father of American pharmacology.” He is best known for being the first to isolate crystals of insulin. Additional breakthroughs over the years within the department include the first measurement of a drug’s concentration in a human, the discovery of the insulin and opiate receptors, and the discovery of a cancer-preventing substance in broccoli sprouts.

Our faculty members are currently undertaking a host of exciting, multidisciplinary projects with application to immunology, infectious disease, cancer, and neuroscience. Our work and expertise ranges from fundamental studies grounded in chemistry and chemical biology, to translational science and clinical pharmacology with specific focus on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenetics. The integrated approach that we take to pharmacology that bridges the basic and clinical sciences is a unique strength of our department and graduate program.

We are a collaborative group that is committed to inclusive excellence. Our faculty are dedicated mentors who foster the nurturing environment that is key to the success of our training program. While many of our graduates continue as researchers in an academic, government or industrial setting, we are equally proud of those who choose to make important contributions to the scientific enterprise through careers in science policy or writing, for example, and we do our best to support them in gaining the experience necessary to achieve their career aspirations.

Pharmacology influences virtually every field of biomedicine. The opportunities for pharmacologists have never been brighter, and the collaborative environment at The Johns Hopkins University and School of Medicine is fertile ground for the generation of breakthrough ideas. We hope you take the time to review our research programs. Please contact us if you would like more information. 


Namandjé N. Bumpus
Department Director and E.K. Marshall and Thomas H. Maren Professor