Amber V. Buhler, PhD

Associate Professor
UC Box: 
Creighton Hall 436
Areas I Teach: 


Dr. Buhler is a founding faculty member in the School of Pharmacy, teaching pharmacology to first year students since 2006. She loves working with students in class and out. Most recently she won P1 AACP Teacher of the Year for 2016-17 and 2012-13, and was part of a team of Pacific University School of Pharmacy faculty that won the AACP Innovations in Teaching Competition in 2014.

Block Coordinator

PHRM 563 | Central Nervous System I

PHRM 565 | Central Nervous System II


2006 | Postdoctoral Intern, Neurosciences Pain Research Program, Merck Inc. and Co., West Point, PA

2001-2006 | Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology and Pain Research Group, University of Iowa

2001 | Doctor of Philosophy, Pharmacology, University of Colorado

1995 | Bachelor of Art, Chemistry, California State University, Fresno

1995 | Bachelor of Art, Functional Biology, California State University, Fresno

Areas of Research & Specialization

Dr. Buhler’s scholarship focuses on pharmacy & interprofessional education. Her scientific specialization is neuropharmacology with past research projects involving modulation of pain, and nicotinic receptors involved in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Buhler welcomes pharmacy student APPEs for academic scholarship rotations. She has hosted 13 undergraduate and 10 graduate/professional students in research.

Amber Buhler’s Pharmacology Channel (YouTube)


Cannabis in Portland: History and Pharmacology of the new “microbrew” pot culture, presented at Lucky Lab on April 1, 2016.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

2017    Amber V. Buhler, Sean Tachibana, Yangmiao Zhang, Raymond M. Quock.Localization of neuronal nitric oxide synthase immunoreactivity to GABAergic and cholinergic neurons, and association with b-endorphinergic and met-enkephalinergic opioidergic fibers in rostral ventromedial medulla and A5 of the mouse.” In preparation, to be submitted to Brain Research.

2017    Yangmiao Zhang, Amber V. Buhler, Raymond M. Quock.Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen on the Expression of Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase in the Brain.” In preparation, to be submitted to Journal of Neurophysiology.

2016    Brendan D. Stamper, Amber V. Buhler, John P. Harrelson, Sigrid C. Roberts, Ashim Malhotra, Fawzy A. Elbarbry, Deepa Rao, Reza Karimi, Catherine Marlow, and Leslie L. Devaud. “The development and implementation of online prerequisite review tutorials for first year pharmacy students.” Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 9(2): 261-27.

2016    Amber V. Buhler, Amy E. Coplen, Shawn Davis, and Bobby Nijjar. “Comparison of Communications Styles Amongst an Inter-Professional Student Cohort: How do our students communicate with other health care providers?” Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education. 6(2):online.

2016    Amber V. Buhler, Pearl Huynh, Pauline Low, Mary Von. "Possible Drug-Associated Sialolithiasis by the Bicarbonate Anhydrase Inhibitor Topiramate:  A Case Report and Literature Review." Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 74(12):2447-2452.

2016    Amber V. Buhler. “Editorial: Roles of both Form and Function in Interprofessional Teams?” Peer reviewed and published online, Health and Interprofessional Practice. 3(1):eP1108.

2013    Erin Jobst, Amber V. Buhler, David Fuentes, Jodi Johnson, Shawna Rohner, Jennifer Antick, Randy Randolph. "Design, Presentation, and Evaluation of an Interprofessional Case Conference on Fibromyalgia" Health and Interprofessional Practice, 2(1):eP1050.

2013    Kate Wagner, Zach Roeder, Keith DesRochers, Amber V. K. Buhler, Mary M. Heinricher, Daniel R. Cleary. “The dorsomedial hypothalamus increases pain sensitivity via CCK containing projections to the rostral ventromedial medulla.” Neuroscience, 238:29-38.

2011    Amber V. Buhler, Katie Farrell, David Fuentes, BJ Scott, Kelli Shaffer, and Mary Von. “An Inter-Professional Case Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease: Teaching Students in the Health Professions to Work Together” Journal of Interprofessional Care, 25(3):223-225.

2010    Reza Karimi, Cassandra Arendt, Pauline Cawley, Amber V. Buhler, Fawzy Elbarbry, and Sigrid Roberts. “Learning Bridge; A Pilot Study Assessing the Impact on Student Learning of Bridging Didactic and IPPE Education in "Real-Time"” American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 74(3) Article 48.

2008    A.V. Buhler and Reza Karimi. “Peer-level Patient Presenters Decrease First Year Pharmacy Students' Social Distance From Patients with Schizophrenia and Clinical Depression” American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 72 (5) Article 106.         

2008    A.V. Buhler, H.K. Proudfit and G.F. Gebhart. “Neurotensin-produced antinociception in the rostral ventromedial medulla is partially mediated by spinal cord norepinephrine” Pain, 135(3):280-90.

 2006    L. Zhang, K.T. Sykes, A.V. Buhler, D.L. Hammond. “Electrophysiological

Heterogeneity of Spinally-Projecting Serotonergic and Non-Serotonergic Neurons in the Rostral Ventromedial Medulla.” Journal of Neurophysiology, 95(3):1853-63.

2005    A.V. Buhler, J. Choi, H.K. Proudfit and G.F. Gebhart. “Neurotensin activation of the NTR1 on spinally-projecting serotonergic neurons in the rostral ventromedial medulla is antinociceptive.” PAIN, .

2004    A.V. Buhler, H.K. Proudfit and G.F. Gebhart. “Separate populations of neurons in the rostral ventromedial medulla project to the spinal cord and to the dorsolateral pons in the rat.” Brain Research, 1016:12-19.

2002    A.V. Buhler, T.V. Dunwiddie. “a7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors on GABAergic Interneurons Evoke Dendritic and Somatic Inhibition of Hippocampal Neurons.” Journal of Neurophysiology, 87(1):548-557.

2001    A.V. Buhler, T.V. Dunwiddie. “Regulation of the Activity of Hippocampal Stratum Oriens Interneurons by a7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors.” Neuroscience, 106 (1):55-67.

1998    C.J. Frazier, A.V. Buhler, J.L. Weiner, and T.V. Dunwiddie. “Synaptic Potentials Mediated via a-Bungarotoxin-Sensitive Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Rat Hippocampal Interneurons.” Journal of Neuroscience, 18(20):8228-8235.

1998    J.L. Weiner, A.V. Buhler, V.J. Whatley, R.A. Harris, and T.V. Dunwiddie. “Colchicine is a Competitive Antagonist at Human Recombinant gamma-Aminobutyric AcidA Receptors.” Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 284:95-102. 

Online Collections

2009    A.V. Buhler, K. Farrel, D. Fuentes, B.J. Scott, K. Shaffer, M. Von, L. Hunt, and B. Bradley. Alzheimer's Disease: Mary's Journey Through the Health-care System (Case-based Workshop Materials). Common Knowledge, Pacific University Oregon.

2009    A.V. Buhler, J. Antick,  D. Fuentes, E. Jobst, J. Johnson, L. Krause,R. Randolf, and S. Rohner.  Fibromyalgia: A visit to the interdisciplinary pain clinic; What is it? Why does it hurt? What can I do to help my patients? (Case-based Workshop Materials). Common Knowledge, Pacific University Oregon.