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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

Department of Physiology & Pharmacology Annual Retreat
20 January 2017
Legacy Suite, University of Calgary

Banff Inflammation Workshop
26-29 January 2017
Banff, AB

Canadian Digestive Diseases Week
3-6 March 2017
Banff, Alberta

Experimental Biology 2017
22-26 April 2017
Chicago Illinois

Digestive Diseases Week 2017
6-9 May 2017
Chicago Illinois

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!


Congratulations to Dr. Sonia Rehal from the Von der Weid lab for the acceptance of her paper “TNFΔARE mice display abnormal lymphatics and develop tertiary lymphoid organs in the mesentery” in the American Journal of Pathology!

Congratulations to Dr. Xiaoyang Lan from Dr. Gallo’s lab who received the Clark Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship!

Congratulations to Dr. Marco Gallo  for being awarded the 2016-2017 Young Investigator Award in Cell and Gene Therapy for Cancer from the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. Way to go Marco!

Congrats to Stacy Gibson who received an Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship and a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship. Way to go Stacy!

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Triggle, adjunct appointee from the Weill Cornell Medical College who was elected to be a Fellow of the British Pharmacology Society at their meeting in December!