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 diversity and inclusion and want all Division members to feel welcomed and appreciated.

And, we like to have fun! Several social events are held during the year. Recent meetings during the pandemic have taken place via Zoom, but we anticipate going back to in person gatherings in the not-too-distant future.

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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.

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.

Research Provides Further Insight into Causes of Manganese-Induced Parkinsonism

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Sept. 7, 2021
Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., associate professor in the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Hamm Centennial Fellow in Pharmacy, and a team of researchers have released new findings defining the first homeostatic regulatory pathway for manganese in mammalian systems. Identifying these pathways opens up new possible options to prevent or treat manganese-induced parkinsonism and other disorders linked to elevated manganese exposure.

Vasquez Appears on BBC World Service to Discuss Z-DNA

June 16, 2021
Division Head and Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology Karen Vasquez, Ph.D. appeared on BBC World Service's Science in Action to talk about Z-DNA. Dr. Vasquez's research focuses on DNA damage and repair, genomic instability, gene targeting, DNA structure and cancer therapeutics.

Nixon and Hill Earn Faculty Promotions

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March 24, 2021
Two of the College of Pharmacy’s distinguished faculty were recently promoted due to their outstanding accomplishments in research, outreach and education. Dr. Kimberly Nixon of the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology will assume the rank of professor and Dr. Lucas G. Hill of the Division of Pharmacy Practice will become a clinical associate professor.

Kompella Receives Fulbright Award for Postdoctoral Research

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March 16, 2021
Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology researcher Pallavi Kompella, Ph.D. has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to research at the Biomedical Research Institute of Málaga in Spain.

Cherish Taylor Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

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Nov. 13, 2020
Neuroscience graduate student Cherish Taylor took home the top prize in the Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis competition. Taylor is a graduate student in the lab of Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay, M.B.B.S., Ph.D. in the College of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology.