Division News & Events - Pharmacology and Toxicology

What Starts Here Changes the World

Fostering relationships between faculty, staff, and students is an important priority for the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology. We value a culture of acceptance and support and want all Division members to feel welcomed and appreciated.

And, we like to have fun! Several social events are held during the year. 

Dr. John DiGiovanni and band playing at event

Recurring Events

Environmental and Molecular Mechanisms of Health and Disease Seminar

An invited seminar series in which faculty from the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology invite leading scientists in the field to present their work. More information and the seminar schedule can be found at the CMCT website.

Coffee with Colleagues

A monthly event held by the Division where faculty, staff, and students are invited to take a welcome mid-day break for conversation, coffee, and cookies.

Division Meet and Greet

An annual event hosted by the Division, to introduce new faculty, staff, and students. Refreshments are provided.

Annual Potluck

An annual luncheon where members of the Division bring in a dish to share.

Pie Day

An annual event held on March 14 (3.14!) where members of the Division bring in a pie of their choice to share.

TG Pharm

A college-wide social networking evening event for faculty, students, and research staff in the College of Pharmacy. Drinks and refreshments are provided.

Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day

A college-wide annual event highlighting the accomplishments of College of Pharmacy researchers at all levels. Boxed lunches and refreshments are provided.

Recent Events Spotlight

Seminar Presentation by Dr. Daniel Acosta

On November 3, 2022, Dr. Daniel Acosta, Adjunct Professor, presented "My Career Journey" as part of the Environmental and Molecular Mechanisms Of Health And Disease (EMMHD) seminar series.

The EMMHD seminar features prominent guest speakers from around the nation, presenting current research topics from a wide variety of perspectives within the fields of pharmacology, toxicology, neurology, molecular biology, chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, and more.  The Division of Pharmacology & Toxicology co-hosts the seminar series with the Center for Molecular Carcinogenesis & Toxicology (CMCT).

Dr. Daniel Acosta standing with PharmTox graduate students at presentation
Division 'Meet and Greet'

After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Pharmacology and Toxicology Division 'Meet and Greet' was held on October 13, 2022.  Division faculty, staff, research fellows, and students enjoyed food and camaraderie. 

The event was held at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center on the UT Campus.  Dean Samuel Poloyac, Pharm.D., Ph.D., and Division Head Karen Vasquez, Ph.D., spoke to those in attendance.

Dean Poloyac holding microphone and speaking at PharmTox Meet and Greet event


PharmTox staff and graduate students standing around tall table at meet and greet event


A group of PharmTox graduate students standing in front of a building at the PharmTox meet and greet event


Dr. Daniel Acosta, Dr. Karen Vasquez, and Dr. John Richburg smiling and standing in front of brick wall at PharmTox meet and greet event

Upcoming Events

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Division News

What starts here changes the world. To see how our Division does its part, please view the articles below.

Manganese-Induced Parkinsonism Research Provides Potential Treatment Option

Dr. Mukhopadhyay wearing a collared shirt and smiling.
June 28, 2024
In a recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), ongoing research into the causes of manganese-induced parkinsonism has revealed a possible treatment option. Dr. Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay and a team of researchers have released new findings that the PHD2 inhibitor, which is the cell’s master oxygen sensor, has a second physiologically essential function – to also act as the cell’s manganese sensor.

The Hill: For Thousands Of Common Chemicals, There Is ‘No Safe Level,’ Says Report

Swirling ocean water that it foamed in swirls.
March 1, 2024
The Hill covers a new report headed by Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology Andrea Gore, Ph.D. that draws attention to the link between plastics, pesticides and forever chemicals and the growing incidence of endocrine-associated disorders over the last two decades.

Chemistry World: More Than a Mirror-Image: Left-Handed Nucleic Acids

Two double helixes of DNA, one appears normal and the other appears jagged and damaged.
Feb. 20, 2024
The Division of Pharmacology & Toxicology's Karen Vasquez, Ph.D. talked to Chemistry World's Rachel Brazil on genetic instability in disease and evolution of course related to Z-DNA. Dr. Vasquez's research focuses on genome instability, DNA damage and mechanisms of repair.