Contact: Department of Pharmacology
Location: 3135 Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-464-5138
Fax: 315 464-8014
Website: Pharmacology Program

This program awards:

  • PhD in Pharmacology
  • MS in Pharmacology

Current research in the Department of Pharmacology focuses on cancer biology, pharmaceutical science, drug discovery, structure-based drug design, cell signaling, cardiovascular disease, neurodegeneration, and stem cells.


The department's strengths include cardiac electrophysiology; the molecular biology of signaling pathways; intracellular proteolysis; regulation of tumor suppressors and the discovery, development and testing of novel cancer therapeutics.

To continue this excellent tradition in research and teaching and to keep pace with changes in pharmacology, our department is enhancing its research strengths and expanding into new research areas in pharmacology such as cancer drug discovery, pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine.

The recent and significant growth of the department is aligned with the strategic focus on cancer as one of the university's research focus areas, and with the 2010 opening of the Upstate Cancer Research Institute.

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Stephen Shinsky

Upstate PhD student Stephen Shinsky won a Best Poster award (out of 90 entries) at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's 2013 annual conference in Boston.

Stephen's poster outlining his research into a rare genetic disorder known as Kabuki Syndrome earned him a $500 prize in the Mechanisms of Gene Transcription and Regulation category. His principal investigator is Michael Cosgrove PhD, associate professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

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