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School of the Biological Sciences

The Department of Pharmacology is one of the largest university Pharmacology departments in the UK, based in the Old Addenbrooke's site on Tennis Court Road.

They are actively involved in the translation of fundamental bioscience into new treatments and diagnostics, and leverage the outstanding basic research, clinical and commercial environment of the University of Cambridge, the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and the greater Cambridge area.

The Department is responsible for the teaching of pharmacology to Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Natural Sciences undergraduate students, as well as contributing to various taught MPhil courses and welcoming around 12 PhD students each year.  The Department comprises 14 independent research groups focusing on four major areas: Ion channels and receptors, pain mechanisms, mechanisms of drug action, and molecular therapeutics.

Learn more about the Department of Pharmacology.

Job opportunities in the Department of Pharmacology

Head of Department:

Professor Laura Itzhaki


Departmental Administrator:

Thury Agustsdottir

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