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Mission Statement and Leadership

Chair’s Message

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.


Ege T. Kavalali, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair, Department of Pharmacology
William Stokes Chair In Experimental Therapeutics

Vice Chair

Joey V. Barnett, Ph.D.

Professor & Vice Chair, Department of Pharmacology
Professor of Pharmacology, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Director, Office of Medical Student Research
Assistant Dean, Physician-Researcher Training

Assistant to the Chair

Cindi Kellam

Assistant to the Chair, Department of Pharmacology

Director of Graduate Studies

Christine L. Konradi, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Pharmacology

Associate Director of Graduate Studies

Sean Davies, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Pharmacology
Director of Enrichment and Outreach, Vanderbilt Diabetes Research Training Center

Graduate Education Program Manager

Bobbi Stidham

Graduate Education Program Manager, Department of Pharmacology