The laboratories in the Department of Pharmacology conduct research in a wide variety of fields and disciplines. A traditional focus of the Department has been molecular pharmacology and understanding the mechanisms of signal transduction.

Areas of cell signaling being investigated include:

Other areas of interest include:

The Department is also home to the Cecil H. and Ida Green Center for Systems Biology, which is directed by Rama Ranganathan, M.D., Ph.D., (Altschuler, Ranganathan, and Wu). The mission of the Center for Systems Biology is to discover and quantitatively understand the principles of organization in biological systems and how this organization arises through the process of evolution.