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Department of Pharmacology

Pharmacology at Penn State College of Medicine

The Department of Pharmacology will provide high quality training of the next generation of scientists and physicians and develop new diagnostic tests, medicines and delivery systems.

The Department of Pharmacology at Penn State College of Medicine is committed to teaching and research in the biomedical sciences. The department occupies 20,000 square of new laboratory space (all built since 2007) in the Hershey Center for Applied Research, the Penn State Cancer Institute, and the Institute for Personalized Medicine. Research ranges from cell and molecular studies of cancer to biochemical/ pharmacological investigation of nervous system function (neurodegenerative disease, cognition and substance abuse) to whole animal studies of drug development.

Kent Vrana, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Penn State College of Medicine. He is pictured in a dark suit jacket, light blue shirt and blue patterned tie against a blue background.
Kent Vrana, PhD, Chair, Pharmacology

Educationally, the department is involved in medical, graduate, and allied health instruction and training. Former PhD trainees of the department are currently employed as professors, entrepreneurs, research scientists, and administrators throughout the world. Our faculty serve as educational leaders within the university and across the nation. We are assistant deans, course directors, textbook authors, and PhD program directors.

This is an exciting time in biomedical research and teaching. Join us for graduate school, for a postdoctoral position, as a faculty member. We Are... Penn State Pharmacology.

Kent Vrana, PhD
Pharmacology Department Chair
Penn State College of Medicine

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Pharmacology Spotlight

Hempel Lab Receives Pilot Award

The laboratory of Nadine Hempel, PhD, was recently funded by a Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program Pilot Award for ongoing research into the role of mitochondrial dysfunction and and aberrations in mitochondrial fission/fusion as underlying causes for ovarian cancer metabolic switching and chemoresistance.

Read more about the Hempel lab.

Professor is Co-Director of MSTP

Robert G. Levenson, PhD, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, has been named a Co-Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

The MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at Penn State College of Medicine is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, awarded to the top MD/PhD programs in the country.

Read more about the Medical Scientist Training Program grant here.

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