Chair's Message

Joey V. Barnett, Ph.D.

Acting Chair, Department of Pharmacology

Professor of Pharmacology, Medicine, Pediatrics,and Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

Director, Office of Medical Student Research

Assistant Dean, Physician-Researcher Training



I am honored to welcome you to the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt. We are one of the most distinguished Pharmacology departments in the country and one that has incredible potential to advance basic science and contribute to urgently-needed drug development in the coming years.  Our research interests include five major areas:

♦  signal transduction

♦  neuroscience

♦  bioactive lipid metabolism

♦  genetic basis of cardiovascular dysfunction

♦  drug metabolism

Molecules under investigation include G-protein coupled receptors (rhodopsin, adrenergic, serotonin and receptors), heterotrimeric G-proteins, ion channels, transporters and regulatory proteins such as arrestins, protein kinases and protein phosphatases.  We provide training focused on critical thinking to promote innovation, scholarship and integrity.  To this end, we foster creativity, collegiality, and leadership.

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