Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology


Heinz Steiner, Ph.D.

3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL
Room BSB 2.160
Phone   847-578-3271
Fax  847-578-3268

Our mission is to educate medical and graduate students at the Chicago Medical School in cellular pharmacology and to advance the discipline by performing high quality research to understand the processes underlying drug actions. We contribute to the University’s interprofessional mission by providing the foundations of pharmacology and therapeutics for other health care professional programs. We strongly support collaborative research and are committed to preparing students for their careers as health professionals.
Department News
Judith Potashkin, PhD, received a grant from the the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research entitled, "Whole Blood RNA Biomarkers of Parkinson's Disease"

Joanna Dabrowska, Ph.D., Pharm.D., joined the department as Assistant Professor on July 1, 2014.  Welcome Dr. Dabrowska!

Judith Potashkin, PhD, received a grant from the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command entitled, " Splice Variant Biomarkers for Parkinson's Disease".

Daryn Cass (CMS 2017), working with Dr. Tseng and his group, has published a paper on the long-term effects of developmental exposure to cocaine which is featured in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry.   Congratulations to Daryn and her collaborators on the publication of "Developmental disruption of GABA function in the medial prefrontal cortex by noncontingent cocaine exposure during early adolescence."

Shannon Blume, a graduate student in Dr. Rosenkranz's lab, received a travel award to attend the Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion on April 17th and 18th in Madison. The theme for this year's conference is "Trauma and Resilience: Basic and Translational Neuroscience."  She will present her work entitled The impact of repeated restraint stress on basolateral amygdala physiology in the female rat.

Daniel (Dan) Thomases, a graduate student in Dr. Tseng's lab, received the best poster presentation award (graduate student category) at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Chapter of ASPET (June 22, 2012). The title of his poster presentation was "Impact of the GABA-A α1 positive allosteric modulator Indiplon in reversing the abnormal prefrontal disinhibitory state induced by NMDA receptor blockade during adolescence".  Congratulations Dan!

Daniel (Dan) Thomases, a graduate student in Dr. Tseng's lab, was awarded a scholarship stipend from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to attend the 2012 CSHL WORKSHOP ON SCHIZOPHRENIA.

Kuei Y. Tseng, MD, PhD, received a Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant entitled "CB1 cannabinoid receptor activation during adolescence impairs maturation of prefrontal GABAergic circuits"

Kuei Y. Tseng, MD, PhD, MD, PhD, in collaboration with Dr. West (Neuroscience), received a multi-PI Parkinson's Disease Foundation grant entitled "Cyclic GMP signaling and experimental Parkinsonism