Opening the mysteries of drug actions, discovering new therapies, and developing new medicinal products

Cardiovascular regulation, cell signaling, structural and cancer biology, and environmental toxicology are just a few interests of the faculty at the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Vermont.

Students interested in the interaction of chemical substance with biological systems will benefit from direct contact with faculty researchers. Studies in Pharmacology at the College of Medicine serve medical and graduate students, post-doctoral trainees and undergraduates.

Learn more about Pharmacology as a Career sponsored by the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).

Learn more about careers for scientists from the Science Careers Site sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



Graduate students and poster

Graduate Studies

The Pharmacology Department has joined the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program for those Graduates interested in pursuing a Ph.D. The Pharmacology Department offers both a Thesis Research based Masters in Pharmacology and a Non-Thesis Masters  in Pharmacology. Exclusively for UVM students we offer an Accelerated Masters Program. We also offer an undergraduate 15-credit minor, course offerings include Toxicology, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Pharmacological Techniques and Medicinal Chemistry.

Researcher in a lab

Pharmacology Research

  • Brain and cerebral vascular studying the blood flow to the brain.
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Signal transduction
  • Medicinal chemistry/cancer chemotherapy

Faculty giving presentation

Seminars and Research Forums

As the host of the weekly Seminar Series and the annual trustees visit and retreat, the Pharmacology department has an active schedule of seminars and events.

The Pharmacology Department hosts Research Forums monthly to encourage collaboration. Presentations are made by faculty and postdocs.

Recent News

Carr Speaks with WCAX about New Federal PFOA Health Standard

June 29, 2018 by User Not Found

In an interview with WCAX, Frances Carr, M.D., UVM professor of pharmacology, spoke about the new federal PFOA health standard.

Frances Carr, M.D., UVM Professor of Pharmacology

Frances Carr, M.D., UVM professor of pharmacology, was interviewed live on WCAX-TV Channel 3 on June 29, 2018 regarding the new federal PFOA health standard. PFOA is a carcinogen that can interfere with the hormonal system and immune system and has been found in various parts of Vermont. A recent report by US Health and Human services found that the current federal health standard for PFOA is too high. Watch the full interview here.