Pharmacology and Neuroscience | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

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Chairman's Welcome


Welcome to the website for the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Our department is dedicated to excellence in research, medical and graduate education and service by creating, advancing and disseminating knowledge about drug actions and nervous system functions and dysfunctions.

Great collegiality and collaborative work environment are hallmarks of our departmental culture. We are strengthening existing interactions with basic scientists at TTUHSC and TTU while building translational bridges with our clinical departments.

This has been a successful year in terms of integrating new faculty and obtaining extramural funding.  Our faculty are currently funded by several NIH and foundation grants for studies on clinically relevant disorders.  Our Department houses the Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics (CTNT).  Our faculty continue to make valuable contributions to medical and graduate school education for example as Block Director of the Major Organ Systems SOM course and Directors of Graduate Programs/Concentrations.

Thank you for visiting our website. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or for more information.

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Volker Neugebauer, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Professor and Chair, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
  • Giles C. McCrary Endowed Chair in Addiction Medicine
  • Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Garrison Institute on Aging
  • Mildred and Shirley L. Garrison Chair in Aging
  • Director, Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics                                        

Mission Statement

The Department of Pharmacology and Neursocience is strongly committed to contributing to the overall mission of TTUHSC to improve the health of people through excellence in research, education and service.
Our goal is to perform innovative translational research and support and promote such endeavors within the Department, the School of Medicine, and the University at large; to offer state-of-the-art education in medical pharmacology and neuroscience to medical and graduate students; and to provide a stimulating first-rate learning and training environment for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the department.


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Volker Neugebauer, M.D., Ph.D.
(806) 743 - 3880

New Faculty Appointment

It is with great pleasure to welcome Dr. Maria Manczak on her joint appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience. Dr. Manczak currently holds a primary appointment in the Department of Neurology.  


Distinguished Research Award 

Dr. Volker Neugebauer is the recipient of the 2020 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award, which was announced at the State of the University Address from President Lori Rice-Spearman on January 28, 2021.


New USDA Grant 

Dr. Volker Neugebauer was awarded a new collaborative grant with Dr. Leslie Shen, Dept. of Pathology, from the USDA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) “Ginger root extract for neuropathic pain”.


Graduate Student Scholarship 

Congratulations to Translational Neuroscience and Pharmacology Graduate Concentration Ph.D.  Student, Mariacristina Mazzitelli, on being selected as the first recipient of the Reid L. Norman and Cynthia A. Jumper Excellence in Pharmacology and Neuroscience Graduate Student Scholarship.  

New NIH Grants

Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience Faculty Member, Dr. Khalid Benamar, awarded a new NIH R03 Grant "Beta-caryophyllene and cannabidiol combination: Chronic arthritis pain ". Congratulations!

Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience Faculty Member, Dr. Volker Neugebauer, was awarded a new collaborative NIH R01 Grant "Trans-synaptic signaling complex in amygdala pain mechanisms" with Dr. Shashank Dravid, Creighton University. Congratulations!  

Dr. Gabriela Ashworth Recipient of Top 20 Under 40 Award 

The Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience Faculty Member, Dr. Gabriela Ashworth has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Top 20 Under 40 Award. This Award signifies the next generation of learders, inspiratiors, and innovators according to the Chamber.   

Dr. Michael Blanton Recognized by NSF and NIH

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognized the TTUHSC coordinators, Terri Loyd and Dr. Michael Blanton, for the 2019 Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS). Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.    


Faculty Members awarded the  TTUHSC School of Medicine collaborative seed grant   

Congratulations to         
Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience Faculty Members, for a job well done on receiving the award of a CMPR Collaborative Research Grant.

Dr. Igor Ponomarev, "Synaptic Membrane Proteins in the Brain are Regulated by the CSTF2 Polyadenylation Protein" 

Dr. J. Josh Lawrence, "Models to Test Dominant-Negative and Gain-of-Function Mechanisms of ATPlAl Mutations"  


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