In 1891, forty-one years after the University of Michigan Medical School began, the University established the first Department of Pharmacology in the United States. Its founder and first chair was John Jacob Abel, regarded as the Father of American Pharmacology.

Over the more than one hundred years since its start, our department has awarded more Ph.D. degrees in pharmacology than any other American university. Our graduates have made a major impact on the field of pharmacology. Among our alums are many pharmaceutical company executives, research directors and senior scientists; directors of government research labs; and recognized chairs and faculty in academia with reputations for both excellent research and teaching.


May 20, 2015

Congratulations to Chad Frasier, PhD (Isom Lab)

Michigan Pharmacology congratulates Dr. Chad Frasier, postdoctoral fellow in the Isom lab, on his receipt of a MICHR $100,000 Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program Career Development Award.



June 2, 2015
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2015 Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Career Day

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Danto Auditorium, Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center,1500 E Medical Center Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (Map)

The 2015 Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Career Day is a chance for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Michigan to learn about a wide range of career paths available to our graduates.  Morning sessions with recent Michigan Pharmacology alumni will cover “A day in the life of a…” for careers including small and large pharmaceutical companies, science writing, administration, public policy, government, and academia. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with the morning speakers in a table setting during lunch to address specific questions regarding that particular field. Box lunch will be provided.  After lunch, Dr. Toby Freedman will host two workshops on “Making career transitions from academia” and “Job search strategies, networking, résumés, and interviews”.