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Department of Physiology & Pharmacology


As the largest basic science department in the Cumming School of Medicine, Physiology and Pharmacology members represent five of the School's seven research institutes - the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health.

The strength of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology lies in our outstanding faculty, staff and students, all of whom take pride in a strong commitment to excellence in research and education.

On behalf of our department, you are invited to explore our website. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you wish more information.


Wallace MacNaughton, PhD

Professor and Head, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Upcoming Events

Canadian Society for Pharmacology and Therapeutics
14-16 June
Halifax, NS


Canadian Physiological Society
26-30 June
Toronto, ON


IUPS 38th World Congress
1-5 August
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


NeuroGASTRO 2017
24-26 August
Cork, Ireland


27-29 September
Aberdeen, Scotland


Neuroscience 2017
11-15 November
Washington, DC

Department News

Welcoming New Faculty...

The department would like to give a warm welcome to a new faculty member: Dr. Vaibhav Patel.

Dr. Vaibhav Patel started January 1st as an assistant professor in vascular biology with an appointment to the Libin Institute.

Dr. Patel’s research interests lie in the role of intercellular communications in vascular diseases. His current focus is to identify the potential role of PVAT-secreted exosomes in intercellular communications and modulation of RAS in the vascular smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells and their impact on vascular diseases.

He obtained his PhD in Pharmacology from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, in Vadodara, India and then continued as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta. Dr. Patel’s office is located in the Heritage Medical Research Building, room 71. Please feel free to drop by to introduce yourself and welcome Dr. Patel to the University!


Congrats to Farhad Qureshi from the Yan lab who received the 2017 Faculty of Graduate Studies Program Specific Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Bas Surewaard from the Kubes lab for receiving a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship. Way to go Bas!

Congratulations to Dr. Justin Deniset from the Kubes lab for his recent publication in the Journal of Experimental Medicine titled Splenic Ly6Ghigh mature and Ly6Gint immature neutrophils contribute to eradication of S. pneumoniae

Congratulations to Chelsea Matisz whose dissertation was nominated for the 2017 CAGS-UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award Competition – we wish her luck at this national competition!

Congratulations to Nicole Burma from the Trang lab for receiving a CIHR Doctoral Fellowship Award.

Congrats to Jean-Baptiste Cavin, postdoc in the Sharkey and MacNaughton labs, for being honoured with a Killam Fellowship.  Congrats, JB!

Congrats to Stacy Gibson in the Hollenberg lab for receiving a Queen Elizabeth II graduate award.