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CDAP > Basic Science Researchers > Dr. Marcelo Lopez
Dr. Marcelo Lopez

Dr. Lopez

Research Assistant Professor,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences




Research Interests

Dr. Lopez is studying the role of stress on alcohol intake and alcohol dependence, the impact of environmental factors on relapse, and the role of learning in the development of addiction. 


National University of Cordoba, ArgentinaB.S. 1986 Psychology 
National University of Cordoba, ArgentinaM.A.1992Psychology
National University of Cordoba, ArgentinaPh.D.1998Psychology
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC    Postdoctoral 2005Alcohol Research 

Professional Experience

1988-1992Teaching Assistant in Graduate Course: Neurophysiology and Psychophysiology, School of Psychology, National University of Cordoba, Argentina
1995-1997Teaching Assistant in Graduate Course: Biology of Behavior, School of Biology, National University of Cordoba, Argentina
1999-2005Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
2006-2007Research Associate, Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC
2008-presentResearch Assistant Professor, Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, MUSC, Charleston, SC

Awards and Honors

1997-1999 Board Member, Association of Behavioral Sciences, Argentina
1997-2001Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Study Group
1999-presentResearch Society on Alcoholism
2000RSA Travel Award, Junior Investigator Award, Research Society on Alcoholism
2005-presentSociety for Neuroscience

Recent Publications

Becker HC, Lopez MF & Doremus-Fitzwater TL. Effects of stress on alcohol drinking: A review of animal studies. Psychopharmacology 218(1):131-156, 2011. PMCID: 3247761

Lopez MF, Doremus-Fitzwater TL & Becker HC. Chronic social isolation and chronic variable stress during early development induce later elevated ethanol intake in adult C57BL/6J mice. Alcohol 45(4):355-364, 2011. PMCID: 3013234

Lopez MF, Grahame NJ & Becker HC. Development of ethanol withdrawal-related sensitization and relapse drinking in mice selected for high or low ethanol preference. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research 35(5):953-962, 2011. PMCID: 3083457

Lopez MF, Griffin WC, 3rd, Melendez RI & Becker HC. Repeated cycles of chronic intermittent ethanol exposure leads to the development of tolerance to aversive effects of ethanol in C57BL/6J mice. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research 36(7):1180-1187, 2012. PMCID: 3527904

Carrara-Nascimento PF, Lopez MF, Becker HC, Olive MF & Camarini R. Similar ethanol drinking in adolescent and adult C57BL/6J mice after chronic ethanol exposure and withdrawal. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research 37(6):961-968, 2013. PMCID: 3622824


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