Amber V. Buhler, PhD

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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 Teacher of the Year for 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 has specializations in pharmacy & interprofessional education and research neuropharmacology. Current laboratory research focuses on neuronal circuits involved in the modulation of pain, mechanisms underlying chronic pain, and alternative and complementary therapies for pain relief. Dr. Buhler welcomes undergraduate and Pharmacy students in her lab. She has hosted 13 undergraduate and 10 graduate/professional students in research opportunities.

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.


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.” Submitted, Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.

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." In Press, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. DOI:

2016    Amber V. Buhler. “Editorial: Roles of both Form and Function in Interprofessional Teams?” In Press, Health and Interprofessional Practice.

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?” In Press, Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education.

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 interprofessional case conference on Alzheimer's disease: teaching students in the health professions to work togetherJournal of Interprofessional Care, 25(3):223-225.

2010   Reza Karimi, Cassandra Arendt, Pauline Cawley, Amber V. Buhler, Fawzy Elbarbry, and Sigrid Roberts.  Learning bridge: curricular integration of didactic and experiential education. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 74(3) Article 48.

2008   A.V. Buhler and Reza Karimi.  Peer-level patient presenters decrease 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 nonserotonergic 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, 114(1-2):285-94.

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.  Alpha7 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 alpha7 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 alpha-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.


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