Alejandro Meruelo

Title(s)Assistant Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolHealth Sciences
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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/NIAAA K23AA026869Jun 1, 2019 - May 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Discovery of SAM domain functions
    NIH/NIGMS F31GM089143Aug 1, 2009 - Jun 14, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator

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