The Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences is an international leader in pharmaceutical research—with particular strengths in the areas of molecular mechanisms of disease and drug design, development, targeting and delivery. The department has garnered millions of dollars in support from the National Institutes of Health and other government and private funders.
Faculty in the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences continuously produce breakthroughs in scientific knowledge and human health. We collaborate with other top researchers across a range of disciplines and institutions to magnify the impact of our work. We are also proud to train and mentor new leaders for the field who contribute to increased understanding of the cellular and other mechanisms that cause disease—and to the development of new therapeutics and cures.
Clay C. Wang, PhD
chair, department of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
The department’s mission involves:
Education and Training
Pioneering research in drug design, discovery, targeting and delivery as well as monitoring
Education and Training
Meet the Faculty
Jean C. Shih, PhD
One of the world’s leading researchers on MAO enzymes and emotion behavior and cancers associated with MAO enzymes
Julio A. Camarero, PhD
Expert in biological therapeutics, microbial pathogenicity, and protein and peptide therapeutics
Martine Culty, PhD
Martine Culty focuses on neonatal gonocytes, precursors of male germline stem cells; environmental chemical effects on testis development.
Enrique Cadenas, MD, PhD
Enrique Cadenas researches the molecular mechanisms inherent in brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
Yong (Tiger) Zhang, PhD
Expert in chemical biology, drug design and discovery, protein engineering and immunotherapy
Yong (Tiger) Zhang, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, was awarded a five-year, $2.1 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to reprogram exosomes for biomedical applications.
Hovhannes (Hovik) Gukasyan, PhD has joined USC Mann as associate professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (teaching track). In this position, he will play an integral role in developing and growing the school's new undergraduate major in biopharmaceutical sciences.
Paul Seidler, PhD has joined USC Mann as Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Yong (Tiger) Zhang, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences at the USC School of Pharmacy, was awarded a five-year, $1.9 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant.