Department of Pharmacology


The Department of Pharmacology provides undergraduate courses in the medical, dental, physiotherapy, nursing and medical laboratory technology streams.
The department concentrates on:

  • Undergraduate training program
  • Drug information services to clinical facilities
  • Basic research

The undergraduate training program is structured to achieve a satisfactory knowledge of Pharmacology for basic doctors and develop rational prescribing skills. The research program is oriented to explore the possible beneficial effects of Indian medicinal herbs in neurodegenerative disorders in particular for learning and memory and psychiatric disorders.


The department has well-equipped teaching laboratories, demonstration rooms with audio-visual aids, museum with 88 charts and 204 exhibits, library and a research laboratory. It houses an Institutional Animal House with facilities to breed small animals. The research facilities available in the department include an Animal Operating Room equipped for  microscopic surgeries and Neuropsychopharmacology and Cardiopharmacology laboratories.


Sl.No. Name Designation
1 Dr.RajendraHolla Professor & Head
2 Dr. Sathyanarayana Rao Professor
3 Dr. Ravichandra V Associate Professor
4 Dr.Swathi Acharya Asst. Professor
5 Mrs.Deepa Tutor
6 Mrs.DivyaBhargavan Tutor
7 Mrs.Rojin T.S. Tutor
8 Dr.Kiran .K. Kantanavar Tutor
9 Dr.Pooja M. Tutor
10 Dr.VikshithaJ.Rao Tutor
11 Dr.SanjithAnand Tutor
12 Dr. TittuG.Zacharia Tutor
13 Dr. Sangeethanath Sharma Tutor
14 Dr.Mangala S Tutor
15 Dr.HalmondMelroyd D’Souza Tutor
16 Dr.RaghavendraBelavatagi Tutor

Recent Publications & other academic activities

Evaluation of antidiabetic activity of eugenia jambolana

Research Projects department:

  1. seed and fruit extract on dexamethasone induced insulin resistance and
    lipid abnormalities in comparision with Metformin and Rosiglitasone.
    Investigators – Dr. Nagendra Nayak, Mr. Sharath Babu
  2. Behavioral effects of Nardostachys jatamansi on whole body
    beam irradiated mice .
    Investigator – Mrs. Deepa B
  3. Comparative study of Withania somnifera and Punica granatum
    on reproductive system in rats
    Investigator – Ms. Divya Bhargavan
  4. Evaluation of Hepatoprotective effect of Mussaenda erythrophylla and Aegle marmelos in ethanol and paracetamol induced rat hepatotoxicity model Investigator – Ms Rojin T.S

Completed Research Projects

  • Effects of Nardostachys Jatamansi on the consequence of
    stressful experience Investigators –Ms. Gloria Karkada, Dr. Harsha H N, Dr. K S Karanth
  • Effect of drug modifying glutamate receptors on alcohol withdrawal induced altered nociception and anxiety Investigators – Dr. K S Karanth, Mr. Chakradhar Rao US


  • Sathyanarayana Rao. An experimental study of the nticonvulsant effect of Amlodipine in mice. Singapore Med J. 51(5):424-428(2010).
  • 2. Sathyanarayana Rao. Influencing factors of QT’c among
    the clinical characteristics in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Research & Clinical Practice. 88:265-272(2010).
  • 3. Divya Bhargavan. Evaluation of the anti-ulcer activity
    of NR-ANX-C (a polyherbal formulation) in aspirin & pyloric ligature induced gastric ulcer in albino rats. Indian J Med Res.132:218-223(2010).
  • 4. Rojin. T S. Probiotics- A review. Indian Journal of
    Clinical Practice. 20(1):51-55(2009).
  • 5. US Chakradhara Rao, Karanth KS. Dextromethorphan
    attenuates ethanol withdrawal induced Hyperalgesia in rats. International Journal of Pharmacology, 5(5):Pg.327-332(2009), ISSN
  • 6. Deepa B. Acute toxicity studies and determination of
    median lethal dose. Current Science, Vol.93, No.7, Oct.10,2007.
  • 7. Karanth K S. Anticonvulsant and neurotoxicity profile of
    Nardostachys Jatamansi in rats. Journal of ethnopharmacology, Dec
    1,2005;102(3):351-6. Epub 2005 Aug 10.
  • 8. Karanth KS. Altered dendritic arborization of amygdala
    neurons in young rats orally intubated with Clitora ternatea aqueous
    root extract. Phytother Res. 19(7):592-8, 2005.