Research in the department is focused in three main areas: cancer biology and signal transduction, cardiovascular pharmacology and neuropharmacology. Faculty use a variety of cutting-edge experimental approaches to address fundamental research questions in each of these areas. These approaches range from those involving detailed in vitro analysis of specific signal transduction pathways in tissue culture model systems, to behavioral, electrophysiological and functional studies of intact whole animals, and even large-scale genetic studies of human patient populations. Overall, the primary goal of our studies is to gain important insights and a greater understanding of the etiology and potential treatment of diseases such as cancer, hypertension, heart failure, diabetes, asthma, Troyer’s syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases.