pharmacology research

Research is a critical component to the Department of Pharmacology Mission. The Department includes over 50 program faculty, representing 15 Departments and 5 Colleges within the University of Minnesota system, each of whom contributes high-impact research in one or more of four broad disciplinary areas: cancer and infectious diseases, neuropharmacology and neurodegeneration, cell signaling, and drug addiction and toxicology. Within these fields, our faculty are responsible for the development of novel drugs, vaccines, and therapeutic techniques that have led to better understandings of the diseases and disorders they seek to treat.

Highlighted Publications

McCall NM, Fernandez de Velasco EM, Wickman K. GIRK channel activity in dopamine neurons of the ventral tegmental area bi-directionally regulates behavioral sensitivity to cocaine. J Neurosci. 2019 Mar 5: pii: 3101-18.

Edmund AB, Walseth TF, Levinson NM, Potter LR. The pseudokinase domains of guanylyl cyclase-A and -B allosterically increase the affinity of their catalytic domains for substrate. Sci Signal. 2019 Jan 29; 12(566): pii: eaau5378.

Stabile LP, Farooqui M, Kanterewicz B, Abberbock S, Kurland BF, Diergaarde B, Siegfried JM. Preclinical Evidence for Combined Use of Aromatase Inhibitors and NSAIDs as Preventive Agents of Tobacco-Induced Lung Cancer. J Thorac Oncol. 2018 Mar; 13(3): 399-412.

Graves SM and Surmeier, DJ. Delayed Spine Pruning of Direct Pathway Spiny Projection Neurons in a Mouse Model of Parkinson’s Disease. Front Cell Neuro. 2019 Feb 12; 13: 1-6.

Delgado JL, Hsieh CM, Chan, NL, Hiasa H. Topoisomerases as anticancer targets. Biochem J. 2018 Jan 23; 475(2): 373-398.

Park SW, Persaud SD, Ogokeh S, Meyers TA, Townsend D, Wei LN. CRABP1 protects the heart from isoproterenol-induced acute and chronic remodeling. J Endocrinol. 2018 Mar; 236(3): 151-165.


We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.

Lab Safety

Contact for lab safety questions
Dr. Dan Romero
612-624-8997 (office)

Pharmacology Lab Safety Plan

Emergency contacts for Nils Hasselmo Hall (NHH) & Jackson Hall

During business hours

Information Desk (8am - 4pm Monday - Friday):

Paul Wright

RBMS on-call phone

After business hours, weekends, and urgent needs

RBMS on-call phone:

Cheryl Miller:
612-625-5905 (office)
651-769-4664 (cell)