Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences

High Demand,
Real Impact

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.

clay wang PPSI quote
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:

Meet the Faculty

Julio A. Camarero, PhD

Julio A. Camarero, PhD

Expert in biological therapeutics, microbial pathogenicity, and protein and peptide therapeutics
Yong (Tiger) Zhang, PhD

Yong (Tiger) Zhang, PhD

Expert in chemical biology, drug design and discovery, protein engineering and immunotherapy
Jean C. Shih, PhD

Jean C. Shih, PhD

One of the world’s leading researchers on MAO enzymes and emotion behavior and cancers associated with MAO enzymes
Martine Culty, PhD

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, MD, PhD

Enrique Cadenas researches the molecular mechanisms inherent in brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
Jianming Xie, PhD

Jianming Xie, PhD

Jianming Xie's research develops novel tools for understanding and enhancing the function of the immune system to combat cancer and HIV.

Department News

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 the USC School of Pharmacy 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.
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.