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Civelli Lab

Civelli Lab

Civelli Science Photo

Civelli Science Photo

Olivier Civelli, PhD

Chair, Pharmacology and Eric L. and Lila D. Nelson Chair in Neuropharmacology
Professor of Pharmacology
Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Former Vice President, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Basel, Switzerland

MS Sc. Nat, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland,
PhD, Biochemistry, 1979, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

Summary of Research: Research in Olivier Civelli's laboratory focuses on the discovery of novel neurotransmitters and neuropeptides and on the search for their functions. We use orphan G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) as targets to identify their natural ligands. We apply molecular, cellular, anatomical, genetic and behavioral techniques to determine their functions in the organism. These new receptor systems are also evaluated for their potentials for drug discovery. We also search for active components in traditional medicines. Our primary research is focused on neuropsychiatric disorders and nociception.

The Lab Personnel:

Visiting Associate Professor:

  • Amal Alachkar, PhD/PharmD

Visiting Associate Researcher:

  • Kwang-Ho Cho, MD/PhD

  • Zhiwei Wang, PhD
Graduate Student Researchers:
Technologies & Research Capabilities
  • Molecular pharmacology
  • Cell biology
  • High-throughput screening 
    and drug discovery
  • Protein and peptide purification
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Anatomical analyses
  • Behavioral pharmacology