Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine at UC Davis. The Department comprises a dynamic group of faculty, researchers and students from diverse backgrounds undertaking investigations to reveal biological mechanisms that will ultimately lead to discovery and development of new drugs and drug targets for a variety of human diseases.

Under the direction of Chairman Donald Bers, Ph.D., the Department is part of the basic biomedical sciences in the School of Medicine. The Department and its Faculty has strong connections with other Departments, Graduate Groups and Research Centers constituting a powerful interactive team engaged in research, teaching and service. UC Davis Pharmacology is one of the nation's top ranked pharmacology departments in federal research funding and hosts many postdoctoral trainees and graduate students from different Graduate Groups.

Key research areas within the Department include cardiovascular and neural physiology/pharmacology, genetic basis of disease, synaptic plasticity and development, autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases. These diverse areas of study are unified by a common goal - to understand mechanistically the critical building blocks of biological systems from molecules to cells and organ systems, in health and disease, and to identify components that can be modified through pharmacology or other therapeutic strategies to cure disease. Please visit our Research Overview page and Faculty Research pages for details of ongoing work in the individual Departmental laboratories. 


Colleen Clancy, Ph.D.

We are proud to announce that Dr. Colleen Clancy, Professor, was selected for the 2014 Dean’s Excellence in Mentoring Award in the Research area. She was recognized for this honor at the Dean’s Recognition Reception on March 18, 2015. Multi-departmental Junior faculty nominated her for this award for the special role that she has played in their academic, research, and career development. We congratulate her for her outstanding efforts at improving her faculty colleagues’ professional development!


Johannes Hell, Ph.D.

Professor Johannes Hell, has received the F1000 Faculty Member of the Year Award for 2014 for the Neuroscience Faculty. This is the second year in a row that he’s received this award. The award recognizes Faculty Members who have made the most significant contribution to the F1000 Recommendation service over the past year. The recipient of the award is selected based on the viewing figures for all F1000 evaluations of the faculty member and quality of the evaluations as judged by the editorial office. We congratulate Dr. Hell for this honor!