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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

Adam Chen - RISE UP Scholar receives award

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Chen Gao, PhD receives Faculty Development Award & DOD Subcontract

August 11, 2022 - Dr. Chen Gao was awarded Faculty Development Funds to attend and present at the International Society of Heart Research (ISHR) North American Section.

August 2022 - Dr. Chen Gao was awarded a subcontract on a DOD award "Novel BDK Inhibitors to Treat Cardiometabolic Diseases" to UCLA.

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Adam Chen receives 1st place award

August 5, 2022 - Adam Chen, RISE UP scholar in the laboratory of Dr. James Herman, has received 1st place in the RISE UP capstone competition for his presentation "Post-traumatic stress disorder in male rats impairs performance in the 5 choice serial reaction time task".

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Renu Sah, PhD receives R56 award

August 8, 2022 - Dr. Renu Sah was awarded an R56 grant by NIH/NIMH "Airway inflammation and fear: neuroimmune mechanisms and forebrain circuits"


Grace Oh - AHA Surf Student receives award

August 3, 2022 - Grace Oh, a rising Senior in Fall 2022 from Biola University California, who joined the K Lab as an AHA SURF student has received 2nd place in the AHA SURF oral competition for her presentation "Isolation and Characterization of Lipid Droplet-associated Mitochondria".

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Pharmacology and Systems Physiology

College of Medicine
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0575