The Department of Pharmacology is involved in teaching undergraduate students and was sanctioned Postgraduate course (MD) in the year 2011 with an intake of four seats per year.

The department is well-equipped teaching laboratories, demonstration rooms with audio-visual aids, museum with 88 charts and 204 exhibits, model, departmental library and a research laboratory. It houses an Institutional Animal House with facilities to breed small animals. Pharmacology department is also actively involved in establishing and expanding KSHEMA herbal garden in association with botanist from Pilikula Nisargadhama.

The research facilities available in the department include an Animal Operating Room equipped for microscopic surgeries, Psychoneuropharmacology, Cardiopharmacology laboratories, Ethnopharmacology unit, CNS Pharmacology. The department also has functioning Pharmacovigilance Cell which is actively involved in monitoring and reporting of Adverse Drug Reactions to nearby ADR Monitoring Centre and also trains health care professionals in reporting ADRs.

Sl. No Name of the Faculty with Qualification Designation
1. Dr. Rajendra Holla, MBBS, MD Prof. & HOD
2. Dr. Sachidananda Adiga M N, MBBS, MD Professor
3. Dr. Ravichandra V, MBBS, MD Associate Professor
4. Dr. Swathi Acharya, MBBS, MD Assistant Professor
5. Dr. Manohar G Revanakar , MBBS, MD Assistant Professor
6. Dr. Deepa B , M.Sc, Ph.D Assistant Professor
7. Dr. Advaitha M V, MBBS, MD Tutor
8. Ms. Divya Bhargavan, M.Sc Lecturer
9. Mrs. Rojin T S, M.Sc, Lecturer
10. Dr. Mangala S, MBBS Tutor
11. Dr. Sangeeta Nath Sharma, MBBS Tutor
12. Dr. Halmond Melroyd D’Souza, MBBS Tutor
13. Dr. Raghavendra Belavatagi, MBBS Tutor

Academic activities and Publications

Ongoing Research Projects:
1. Associative and causative factors leading to drug resistant malaria in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. Dr. Ravichandra V, Dr. Deepa.

2. Molecular mechanisms involved in the ameliorating effects of Nardostachys jatamansi and Valeric acid on anxiety of alcohol withdrawn wistar albino rats. Dr. Deepa.

3. “Effect of Withnia somnifera extract on cyclophosphamide induced testicular toxicity” Ms. Divya Bhargavan.

4. Safety, Efficacy and cost effectiveness of ibutilide in cardioversion of atrial flutter and fibrillation. Dr. Rajendra Holla

5. “Prevalence Of Potential Drug-Drug Interactions In Intensive Care Unit Of A Tertiary Care Hospital : A Cross- Sectional Study”. Dr. Rajendra Holla, Akshitha Sai Ragam

6. Evaluation of anti-inflammatory and antiarthritic activity of coriander seed essential oil in wistar albino rats.” Dr. Swathi Acharya

7. “Role of coconut water on anxiety and GABA levels in wistar albino rats”. Dr. Deepa, Mr. Lakshmanan S.

8. “Effect of Punica granatum extract on learning and memory in rats”. Ms. Divya Bhargavan Ms Rosmitha Paulose

9. Prevalence of potential drug-drug interactions in cardiac Intensive care unit of a tertiary care hospital: a cross-sectional Study”. Dr. Swathi Acharya , Akshitha S Ragam

10. Evaluation of Student Led Objective Tutorials with Traditional Tutorials in Undergraduate Pharmacology teaching in a Indian Medical School. Dr. Sachidananda Adiga M N, Dr. Swathi Acharya

Award & Achievements:
1. Dr. Nitasha Bhat G M, Postgraduate Student, Pharmacology. Secured First Place in "Mullerquest- 2014, The Intercollegiate Postgraduate Lecture Contest" on "Recent Advances In Pharmacology" organised by Department of Pharmacology, Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore

2. Dr. Deepa B, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, has been awarded Ph.D by Nitte University for her work entitled “ Behavioral Effects Of Nardostachys Jatamansi On Whole Body Electron Beam Irradiated Mice” under the guidance of Dr. Satheesh Rao, Dr. Suchetha Shetty

2. Dr Kiran A Kantanavar, Postgraduate Student, Pharmacology. Study titled "A Comparative Study to Evaluate the Effects of Pyridostigmine and Metformin on Blood Glucose Levels in Streptozotocin Induced Diabetic Albino Rats" won First prize under oral presentation category @ 8th National conference of Indian Society of Rational Pharmacotherapeutics, held @Raigarh, Chattisgarh.

3. Dr. J Vikshitha Rao , Postgraduate Student, Pharmacology. 8th National Conference, Indian Society For Rational Pharmacotherapeutics Right for Patient Right For Nation’ JIPMER Award for Best poster Presentation