Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology


The disciplines of Pharmacology and Toxicology deal with the actions of drugs (pharmacology) or poisons (toxicology) in the human body. Research in Pharmacology and Toxicology not only aims at a better understanding of the action of known drugs but also involves the search for new ways to treat diseases unresponsive to today’s medicines. In a broader sense, pharmacology deals with the understanding, prevention and treatment of human disease.

The Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology is equally devoted to teaching in the fields of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Both Medical and Pharmaceutical students of the University and ETH of Zurich are trained in these disciplines at our Institute. In addition, the Institute also contributes to various courses in Neurosciences. Post-graduate education is an additional important aspect of our teaching as it combined teaching with research and helps to encourage the next generation of scientists.

The Institute comprises five independent Departments and one Junior Research group funded by the Swiss National Research Foundation (SNF). The research activities of all groups have a major focus on dysfunctions of the nervous system, including pain, epilepsy, sleep disorders, and anxiety. Neurosciences, tumor biology, chronobiology and the development and application of cutting edge imaging techniques in pharmacology are important fields of basic research at our Institute.

Newcomers at our Institute

Yan Liu

This is Yan Liu the new PhD-student in the Razansky group who starts on December 1st , 2019.

Maciej Dominik Rzeczkowsk

PhD student Maciej Dominik Rzeczkowski started on November 1st, 2019 in the Arand group.

Loic Duffet

PhD student Xuehan Zhou started on November 1st, 2019 in the Patriarchi group.

Sandeep Kalva_2019

Postdoc Dr. Sandeep Kalva started on November 1st, 2019 in the Razansky group