Research

The Department of Pharmacology & Physiology is committed to carrying out the highest quality biomedical research and to training young biomedical researchers for the future. Currently the department brings in over $7 million in research funding from agencies including the National Institutes of Health, NARSAD, PhRMA and the American Heart Association.

Neuroscience research in the GW Department of Pharmacology & Physiology has many facets, including genetics and neurodevelopment, the role of the CNS in regulation of cardiac function, effects of prenatal and neonatal exposure to drugs and toxins, and drugs of abuse. Departmental faculty members with a history of research efforts in neuroscience include Dr. Vincent Chiappinelli, Dr. Matthew Colonnese, Dr. Anthony LaMantia, Dr. Norman Lee, Dr. David Mendelowitz, Dr. Thomas Maynard, Dr. David Perry, Dr. Xin Wang and Dr. Linda Werling. Details of their research efforts can be found on the individual web pages. Neuroscience research is also bolstered by the efforts of our faculty members located at other institutions, including Dr. Vittorio Gallo at Children’s National Health System, Dr. Ewen Kirkness at The Institute for Genomic Research, and Dr. Tim Hales at Dundee University. Our involvement in neuroscience research is underscored by our active involvement in the GW Institute for Neuroscience, founded and headed by our own Dr. Anthony LaMantia.

Research in cardiovascular pharmacology and physiology in the GW Department of Pharmacology & Physiology ranges from understanding the neural control of heart rate to the biophysics of electrical conduction in cardiac tissue. Departmental faculty members with active research in this area include Dr. Matthew Kay, Dr. Zaruhi Karabekian, Dr. David Mendelowitz, and Dr. Narine Sarvazyan. Details of their research efforts can be found on the individual web pages.

Genomics and bioinformatics play an increasingly important role in modern biomedical science. Our department boasts a national leader in this field, Dr. Norman Lee, and many other researchers are actively engaged in applying genomic techniques to areas of cancer biology and pharmacology, neuropharmacology, development, and toxicology, including Dr. Travis O’Brien, Dr. Anthony LaMantia, Dr. Thomas Maynard, Dr. David Perry and Dr. Bi-dar Wang. Details of their research efforts can be found on the individual web pages.

The Department has a long tradition of research in molecular oncology, toxicology, cancer pharmacology and carcinogenesis.  Faculty contacts in this area include Dr. Susan Ceryak, Dr. Katherine Kennedy, Dr. Norman Lee and Dr. Travis O’Brien. Details of their research efforts can be found on the individual web pages. We are especially proud of the Department’s active role in the GW Cancer Institute, founded by a long-time faculty member of the Department, Dr. Steven Patierno.

Department of Pharmacology & Physiology Faculty Publications
2015 Pharmacology & Physiology Publications
2014 Pharmacology & Physiology Publications
2013 Pharmacology & Physiology Publications
2012 Pharmacology & Physiology Publications