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Engaging In Innovative Biomedical Research, Educating the Next Generation


Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology (PSP). Our goal is to advance the fields of basic and applied physiology and pharmacology by engaging in innovative biomedical research. We provide our students with a challenging and supportive environment to pursue academic and professional careers in the biomedical sciences.

Physiologists and pharmacologists alike are curious about the ability of molecules to contribute to cell function, the ability of cells to contribute to tissue function, the ability of tissues to affect organismal function, and ultimately the effects that therapeutic agents have on these systems. Physiology is the science that integrates simple mechanisms into complex systems, and pharmacology uses this knowledge to support the development of the next generation of therapeutic agents.

PSP Happenings

HS Wang

Congratulations to Dr. Ma, Dr. Niklewski, and Dr. Wang

February 1, 2023 - Dr. Ma, Dr. Niklewski, and Dr. Wang (pictured) published: Acute exposure to low-dose bisphenol A delays cardiac repolarization in female canine heart –Implication for proarrhythmic toxicity in large animals . 2022, Food and Chemical Toxicology - Article

Steven P. Jones, PhD. "Metabolic Regulation of Fibroblasts and Inflammation in the Heart"

Feb 7, 2023 - Dr. Steven P. Jones (Univ. of Louisville - Jones Lab website - Google Scholar profile will be the 4th speaker in our "Distinguished Lecture in Pharmacology and Systems Physiology" series. Time and Location: (4:00 - 5:00 pm) in MSB 4051

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Congratulations to Dr. Kranias and Dr. Haghighi

January 25, 2023 - Dr. Kranias and Dr. Haghighi published: A first-in-human phase 1 clinical gene therapy trial for the treatment of heart failure using a novel rationally designed cardiotropic adeno-associated vector. Dec. 2022, Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.
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Congratulations to Dr. Fan for his latest paper

January 25, 2023 - Dr. Fan just published: Genetic ablation of diabetes-associated gene Ccdc92 reduces obesity and insulin resistance in mice. iScience, 26(1), 105769 - December 2022
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Congratulations to Dr. Norman for his latest paper

January 25, 2023 - Dr. Norman just published: mAb antagonizes the cardiovascular effects of cocaine in rats. Sheryl E. Koch, Jordan A. Marckel, Jack Rubinstein, Andrew B. Norman. Pharmacol Res Perspect. February, 2023.

Congratulations to the newly minted Dr. Sam Slone

Jan 18, 2023 - Dr. Slone graduated in Dec 2022 with a PhD in System Biology & Physiology. His mentor was Dr. Mike Tranter. Dr. Slone is currently a post-doc in Dr. Wally Koch's lab at Temple University
Vasilopita/New Year's Pie

Vasilopita/New Year's Pie

Jan 11, 2023 - Drs. Kranias and Drosatos led us in a Greek celebration of the New Year.  Recipients of the cake piece with a coin will be lucky throughout the year.


David Morilak, PhD. "Extinction learning in rats as a model of cognitive-behavioral therapy for stress-related psychiatric disorders"

Jan 10, 2023 - Dr. David Morilak (University of Texas Health Science Center - Morilak Lab website - Google Scholar profile) will be the third speaker in our "Distinguished Lecture in Pharmacology and Systems Physiology" series. Time and Location: (4:00 - 5:00 pm) in MSB 4051.

We're Hiring!

November 14, 2022 - The Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology has a tenure-track faculty position (open rank) for neuroscientist, pharmacologist, or physiologist with experience in computational methods. We're a vibrant department, and Cincinnati is a great place to live. See ad for details

Konstantinos Stellos

Konstantinos Stellos, MD, FAHA, FESC, "RNA modifications in cardiovascular health and disease"

November 8, 2022 - Prof. Stellos is the Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Research at the European Center for Angioscience (Mannheim campus) at the Heidelberg University. His research has been awarded with several national and international awards including the German Heart Foundation Wilhem P. Winterstein Prize 2014, the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation Memorial Fellowship 2014, the American Heart Association Young Investigator Award 2015, the German Cardiac Society Oskar-Lapp Research Prize 2017,  and the European Society of Cardiology Outstanding Achievement Award 2020. Stellos Lab website Google Scholar profile  Time and Location: (4:00 - 5:00 pm) in MSB 4051.

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Cincinnati, OH 45267-0575