Alejandro Meruelo

Title(s)Assistant Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry
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    California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CAB.S.06/2006Physics
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CAM.D., Ph.D.06/2014Medicine, Molecular and Structural Biology
    UCSD, San Diego, CAResidency06/2018Psychiatry

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    Dr. Meruelo earned a B.S. with honors in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2006, his Ph.D. in Molecular and Structural Biology from UCLA in 2012, and his M.D. from UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine in 2014. He completed Adult Psychiatry Residency training in 2018 and a postdoctoral research fellowship at UCSD in 2019. He received a 2016 NIMH Outstanding Resident Award, 2018 Judd Research Award, and 2019 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry Award during this time.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Meruelo’s laboratory focuses on integrating neuroimaging, computational methods, and advanced statistics to extricate the complex relationship between mood disorders and substance use. He has published papers on adolescent brain development and cognition, in addition to the impact of alcohol and cannabis use on the developing brain. His studies are currently funded through a K23 from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

    Clinical Focus

    Dr. Meruelo provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to adults suffering from treatment-resistant depression, in addition to treating depressive, anxiety, psychotic, and bipolar disorders.
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    Adolescent Markers of Depression and the Impact of Alcohol Use
    NIH K23AA026869Jun 1, 2019 - May 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Discovery of SAM domain functions
    NIH F31GM089143Aug 1, 2009 - Jul 31, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. How Do Anger and Impulsivity Impact Fast-Food Consumption in Transitional Age Youth? AJPM Focus. 2024 Jun; 3(3):100208. Meruelo AD, Brumback T, Pelham WE, Wade NE, Thomas ML, Coccaro EF, Nooner KB, Brown SA, Tapert SF, Mrug S. PMID: 38560402; PMCID: PMC10981031.
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    2. How Does Parental Monitoring Reduce Adolescent Substance Use? Preliminary Tests of Two Potential Mechanisms. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2024 Jan 16. Pelham WE, Tapert SF, Gonzalez MR, Ahiarakwe U, Patel H, Davis IS, Meruelo A, Van Rinsveld AM, Marshall AT, Dick AS, Guillaume M, Dowling GJ, Baskin-Sommers A, Brown SA. PMID: 38227391.
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    3. The relations between chronotype, stressful life events, and impulsivity in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. J Psychiatr Res. 2023 Oct 16; 167:119-124. McCarthy MJ, Brumback T, Thomas ML, Meruelo AD. PMID: 37866325.
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    4. Salivary cortisol awakening levels are reduced in human subjects with intermittent explosive disorder compared with controls. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2023 05; 151:106070. Meruelo AD, Timmins MA, Irwin MR, Coccaro EF. PMID: 36863129; PMCID: PMC10262314.
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    5. Assessing cross-lagged associations between depression, anxiety, and binge drinking in the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2023 02 01; 243:109761. McCabe CJ, Brumback T, Brown SA, Meruelo AD. PMID: 36621201; PMCID: PMC10122417.
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    6. Pre-enlistment Anger Attacks and Postenlistment Mental Disorders and Suicidality Among US Army Soldiers. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 09 01; 4(9):e2126626. Smith DM, Meruelo A, Campbell-Sills L, Sun X, Kessler RC, Ursano RJ, Jain S, Stein MB, Army STARRS Team. PMID: 34570207; PMCID: PMC8477262.
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    7. Corrigendum to "Neuroimaging markers of adolescent depression in the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) study Journal of Affective Disorders 287 (2021) 380-386". J Affect Disord. 2021 Oct 01; 293:502. Meruelo AD, Brumback T, Nagel BJ, Baker FC, Brown SA, Tapert SF. PMID: 34247841.
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    8. Associations of developmental imbalance between sensation seeking and premeditation in adolescence and heavy episodic drinking in emerging adulthood. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2021 06; 45(6):1249-1264. McCabe CJ, Wall TL, Gonzalez MR, Meruelo AD, Eberson-Shumate SC, Clark DB, Nooner KB, Brown SA, Tapert SF. PMID: 33991389; PMCID: PMC8254779.
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    9. Neuroimaging markers of adolescent depression in the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) study. J Affect Disord. 2021 05 15; 287:380-386. Meruelo AD, Brumback T, Nagel BJ, Baker FC, Brown SA, Tapert SF. PMID: 33836366; PMCID: PMC8117976.
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    10. Substance use initiation and the prediction of subsequent academic achievement. Brain Imaging Behav. 2020 Dec; 14(6):2679-2691. Meruelo AD, Castro N, Nguyen-Louie T, Tapert SF. PMID: 31903528; PMCID: PMC7334085.
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    11. Adolescent Cerebellar Development: An Underexplored Frontier. Biol Psychiatry. 2020 04 01; 87(7):e19-e20. Meruelo AD. PMID: 32164919; PMCID: PMC7197862.
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    12. Early adolescent brain markers of late adolescent academic functioning. Brain Imaging Behav. 2019 Aug; 13(4):945-952. Meruelo AD, Jacobus J, Idy E, Nguyen-Louie T, Brown G, Tapert SF. PMID: 29911279; PMCID: PMC6298856.
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    13. Cannabis and alcohol use, and the developing brain. Behav Brain Res. 2017 05 15; 325(Pt A):44-50. Meruelo AD, Castro N, Cota CI, Tapert SF. PMID: 28223098; PMCID: PMC5406224.
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    14. Neuropsychological performance in adolescent marijuana users with co-occurring alcohol use: A three-year longitudinal study. Neuropsychology. 2015 Nov; 29(6):829-843. Jacobus J, Squeglia LM, Infante MA, Castro N, Brumback T, Meruelo AD, Tapert SF. PMID: 25938918; PMCID: PMC4633396.
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    15. Cortical thickness in adolescent marijuana and alcohol users: A three-year prospective study from adolescence to young adulthood. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2015 Dec; 16:101-109. Jacobus J, Squeglia LM, Meruelo AD, Castro N, Brumback T, Giedd JN, Tapert SF. PMID: 25953106; PMCID: PMC4624050.
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    16. Structural differences between thermophilic and mesophilic membrane proteins. Protein Sci. 2012 Nov; 21(11):1746-53. Meruelo AD, Han SK, Kim S, Bowie JU. PMID: 23001966; PMCID: PMC3527711.
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    17. TMKink: a method to predict transmembrane helix kinks. Protein Sci. 2011 Jul; 20(7):1256-64. Meruelo AD, Samish I, Bowie JU. PMID: 21563225; PMCID: PMC3149198.
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    18. Identifying polymer-forming SAM domains. Proteins. 2009 Jan; 74(1):1-5. Meruelo AD, Bowie JU. PMID: 18831011; PMCID: PMC2605191.
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    19. C. elegans EVI1 proto-oncogene, EGL-43, is necessary for Notch-mediated cell fate specification and regulates cell invasion. Development. 2007 Feb; 134(4):669-79. Hwang BJ, Meruelo AD, Sternberg PW. PMID: 17215301.
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