About Us

Our mission is to drive breakthroughs in the scientific understanding of neurological, metabolic, and cancer-related diseases, develop innovative treatments, and educate the next generation of leaders in the Pharmacological Sciences.

With a history of excellence spanning over 100 years, the Department has established itself at the forefront of research and education. Comprised of 16 laboratories outfitted with state-of-the art technology, we offer students versatility alongside comprehensive research training. Our cohort of innovative, collaborative faculty not only publish in high-impact journals but have received international recognition.  In testament to this, our research program is supported by over $13 million in funding annually from federal and private agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and American Heart Association (AHA).

Why Iowa?

 The Department’s research and education programs broadly focus on understanding the mechanisms of disease and drug action.  Students, whether in the classroom or laboratory, collaborate with our faculty to learn about, discover, and advance the development of ground-breaking therapies.  Through our cutting-edge research facilities, dedicated faculty mentors, highly applicable coursework, and collaborative environment, we provide students the skills and expertise needed to set them apart from the crowd.