Department of Pharmacology

Histological samples of brain, heart and gut.

The mission of the discipline of pharmacology is to establish how different kinds of drugs work and what has to be considered when the drugs are used for the treatment and prevention of diseases. In a broader scope, pharmacology as a scientific field is concerned with the effects that chemical compounds and biopharmaceuticals have on cells, organs and organisms, i.e. different biological systems.

In the Faculty of Medicine, the department of pharmacology is strongly involved in educating the students in medicine, dentistry and translation medicine, offering basic education worth more than 20 credits annually and also a variety of optional courses on the mechanisms of action of drugs and pharmacotherapy. The scientists working at the department also actively supervise doctoral candidates, advanced medical students and master’s students in their research projects.

The research at the department is focused on neuropharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, regenerative pharmacology and intestine physiology. 

If you are interested in knowing more about the science or about the research opportunities, please contact the group leaders and principal investigators.

Research groups

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Professors
EK
Esa
Korpi
Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Biomedicine
JK
Jyrki
Kukkonen
Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Biomedicine, Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, Neurosciences


Eero
Mervaala
Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Biomedicine


Teachers
TA
Teemu
Aitta-aho
University Lecturer
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Biomedicine, Pharmacy, Neurosciences
PF
Piet
Finckenberg
University Lecturer
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Biomedicine
AL
Anni-Maija
Linden
University Lecturer
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Biomedicine
PR
Pekka
Rauhala
University Lecturer
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Biomedicine

Researchers
PH
Petri
Hyytiä
University Researcher
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Biomedicine, Neurosciences
RK
Riitta
Korpela
Research Director
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Biomedicine

Doctoral Students
FA
Farhan
Alam
Doctoral Student
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Neurosciences
DG
Daniel
Garton
Doctoral Student
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Biomedicine
AM
Ana
Montaño Rodríguez
Doctoral Student
Department of Pharmacology
EN
Elina
Nagaeva
Doctoral Student
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Biomedicine
AS
Annika
Schäfer
Doctoral Student
Department of Pharmacology
GT
Giorgio
Turconi
Doctoral Student
Department of Pharmacology
Field of science Neurosciences, Biomedicine
HV
Heikki
Virtanen
Doctoral Student
Department of Pharmacology

Head of department

professor Esa Korpi
esa.korpi@helsinki.fi

Address

PO BOX 63 (Haartmaninkatu 8)
00014 University of Helsinki