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

CVRI Competition Highlights 2020 Early Career Research Accomplishments

February 3, 2021 by Cardiovascular Research Institute of Vermont

A unique Early Career investigator competition highlighting cardiovascular research, health/wellness, and service to the State of Vermont. This is a merit based scientific abstract competition to highlight the best cardiovascular research work conducted by early career scientists at the University of Vermont and UVM Health Network.

CVRI Viridis Montis Competition 2021

With an aim to highlight the best cardiovascular research work conducted by early-career scientists, the Cardiovascular Research Institute of Vermont (CVRI) virtually held its “Viridis Montis Early Career Investigator Challenge in Cardiovascular Disease” competition on February 3, 2021. Five finalists delivered oral abstract presentations before a panel of five invited judges, including Joseph Brayden, PhD, Jan Carney, MD, MPH, Martin LeWinter, MD, Nels Olson, PhD, and Alisa Wolberg, PhD

The annual merit-based scientific abstract competition was developed by the CVRI Early Career Advisory Committee.  All early-career cardiovascular investigators were eligible to apply, including Ph.D. and master’s degree students, medical students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and clinical fellows, and faculty within five years of their first appointment. Applications were reviewed by an abstract review committee and scored using American Heart Association abstract guidelines.  The top five advanced to the oral competition.  In addition to highlighting cardiovascular research, the applications emphasized a personal and professional commitment to good cardiovascular health and service.

1st Place - Amreen Mughal, PhD (mentor: Mark Nelson, PhD)
PIP2 supplementation improves cerebral blood flow in the 5xFAD mouse model of Alzheimer's disease

2nd Place - Samuel Short, BA (mentor: Neil Zakai, MD)
D-Dimer and death in critically ill patients with coronavirus disease 2019

3rd Place - Zhaojin (Scarlett) Li, MS (mentor: Marilyn Cipolla, PhD)
Flow-induced shear stress causes endothelium-dependent vasodilation of leptomeningeal anastomoses from normotensive rats

Finalists - Abbie Johnson, PhD, Nicholas Klug, PhD

Watch the competition here! Passcode: zgTd1?Mc