Research Focus Areas
Faculty research interests vary widely; from the effects of drugs and chemicals on macromolecules to their actions in humans. Researchers use laboratory animals, human and animal cells in culture, and other test systems to examine the cellular, biochemical and molecular processes underlying pharmacologic and toxic responses.
- Cardiovascular Pharmacology & Toxicology
- In particular, the cardiovascular group is studying the connections between salt intake or obesity on blood pressure control mechanisms.
- Drug Discovery and Receptors
At MSU we identify specific receptors and signaling mechanisms involved in disease processes such as hypertension and heart disease, inflammation and fibrosis, cancer, epilepsy, stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson.
- Environmental Toxicology
We examine the harmful effects of various chemical, biological and physical agents on living organisms.
- Hepatic Pharmacology & Toxicology
Faculty in the department are working to understand mechanisms by which liver damage occurs, particularly focusing on the role of inflammatory factors.
- Immunopharmacology & Toxicology
Research in this area is broad in scope and ranges from studies focused on elucidation of cell and molecular mechanisms of cannabinoid and dioxin-mediated immune modulation to investigations identifying the underlying role of the innate immune system in idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury.
- Neuropharmacology & Toxicology
We are discovering the mechanisms of cellular neurotoxicity in brain cells that affect common life threatening diseases such as cardiovascular, Parkinsons, and neurodegenerative diseases.