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. 


Donald M. Bers, Ph.D.

We are proud to announce that Professor Donald Bers was awarded the 2016 Peter Harris Distinguished Scientist Award of the International Society for Heart Research (ISHR)! This award recognizes an established investigator with lifetime contributions of major discoveries in cardiovascular science. As the recipient of the honor, he presented an Award Lecture on his research (“Calmodulin and CaMKII in heart failure and arrhythmias”) at the ISHR XXII World Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 18-21, 2016. The mission of the ISHR is to promote the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in the cardiovascular sciences on a world-wide basis. To learn more about this organization, go to: www.ishrworld.org


Johannes Hell, Ph.D.

Professor Johannes Hell has received the F1000 Faculty Member of the Year Award for 2015 for Neuroscience Faculty. This is the third year in a row that he’s received this award. This award recognizes Faculty Members who have made a significant contribution to the F1000Prime Article Recommendation service over the past year, as judged by the F1000 editorial team and on the popularity of their recommendations with users of the service. Congratulations to Dr. Hell for this honor!