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 eight independent groups 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

Tanav Damodharan Tanav Damodharan

Jonas Mumenthaler is a Master Student in the Gruppe Schwank since October 2022.

Claire Chabot Claire Chabot

Claire Chabot is a PhD student in the Schwank group since August 2022.

Priscilla Wang Priscilla Wang

Priscilla Wang is a PhD student in the Schwank group since August 2022.

Zainab Faik Zainab Faik

Zainab Faik is a PhD student in the Saab group since June 2022.

Martha Gjikolaj
Cecilie van My Nguyen

Johanna Furrer is a PhD student in the Notter group since February 2022.


Cecilie van My Nguyen

Cecilie van My Nguyen is a master student in the Brown group since February 2022


Cinzia Schmid
Billy Basler