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Department of Pharmacology Faculty Members


Vikhyat Bebarta
M.D., 1998, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Associate Professor
M.D., 1989, Ohio State University College of Medicine

Innovative new treatments for ovarian cancers. 

Timothy A. Benke
Associate Professor
M.D./Ph.D., 1995, Baylor College of Medicine

Mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and impacts of development and epilepsy.


Fabrice Dabertrand
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2006, University of Bordeaux, France  

The overall goal of our laboratory is to understand the control of cerebral blood flow by ion channels and calcium signaling in the pericytes, endothelial cells, and smooth muscle cells that constitute the parenchymal microcirculation, and use this information to combat brain diseases with a vascular component.
Patricia Ernst
Ph.D., 1996, Uni. of California, Los Angeles
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Development and Maintenance: The Role of the "Mixed Lineage Leukemia" Gene in Normal Blood Cell Development, Differentiation and Leukemia.

Paco Herson
Associate Professor
Ph.D., 1999, Univ. of Aberdeen, UK

Basic translational research using neurophysiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, histology and neuro-behavior to elucidate the mechanisms of neuronal injury and identify therapeutic targets for protection and repair.


Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic
Professor and Chair, Anesthesiology 

Mechanisms by which anesthetic drugs interact with neurotransmitter systems in the central nervous system to produce pharmacological and toxicological effects.

Jean Mulcahy Levy
Assistant Professor
MD, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine (2003)

My clinical interests focus on the care of children with tumors involving the brain and spinal cord, using a combination of therapies and coordinating services including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy to improve outcomes for these patients.


Timothy McKinsey
Associate Professor and Associate Division Head for Translational Research 

Jamie Peters
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., 2007, Medical University of South Carolina    


Basic neuroscience research using neuropharmacology, optogenetics, chemogenetics, and behavior to study the mechanisms of extinction memory and relapse in animal models of addiction.  

J. David Port
Ph.D., 1989, Univ. of Utah

G-protein linked receptors and their regulation; regulation of mRNA stability.