Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

The department is home to a community of researchers, students and faculty who strive to improve the treatment of medical disorders through a better understanding of the pharmacology of agents and by developing safer and more effective drugs.  Currently ranked thirteenth among National Institutes of Health-funded pharmacology and toxicology programs in the U.S., the department has educated alumni who have gone on to distinguished careers in government, academia and the private sector as researchers, educators, and consultants. The work our students do at VCU and beyond has the potential to improve the health and well-being of people all over the world.

Seminar Notice - Tuesday, October 23rd - Sanger Hall, room1-044 at 12:00 Noon - "New strategies for the treatment of cancer with light"
Matthew Hartman, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA  23298

Host:   Dr. David Gewirtz

Pharmacology and Toxicology's Robert Balster to receive ASPET's Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert L. Balster, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2018 P.B. Dews Lifetime Achievement Award for Research in Behavioral Pharmacology given by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. . . read the full article

VCU researchers combat opiate addiction Opioids: An American health crisis

Overdose deaths in the United States involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . . . .read the full story

New milestones for Pharmacology and Toxicology Department

Long-running training grant that propelled department to 310 graduates is renewed. . . read 

VCU sends a pair of students to prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Katie Schwienteck set a goal several years Kaago to one day attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.  continue reading

PharmTox Student Selected to Attend Meeting with Nobel Laureates in Switzerland

Congratulations to Katie Schwienteck, a Ph.D. graduate student in the lab of Matthew Banks, who was selected to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this summer. Katie was selected from a highly competitive pool and will be one of 600 young researchers from 84 countries selected to attend this unique meeting held annually in Lindau, Germany. Forty-three Nobel Laureates will be at the meeting to discuss research, exchange ideas and network with the students.

Congratulations to our Annual Award Winners

The annual award celebration was held at Willow Oaks Country Club on Friday, May 18th at 7:00 pm.   The Anthony Ambrose Award for the best third-year student was presented to Sara Dempsey; the Lauren A. Woods award for research excellence among doctoral students was awarded to Wisam Toma (first place) and Ajinkya Kawale (second place).  The Postdoctoral Scholar award was presented to Drs. Ashfaq Ahmad and Giulia Donvito.   The Extraordinary Staff Award was presented to Cheryl Samuels and the Professor of the Year was presented to Dr. Steve Negus from the PharmTox Student Organization.