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Ezequiel Marron
Department of Pharmacology

Ezequiel Marron

Dr. Ezequiel Marron joined the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota in 2013, and he currently holds a "Researcher 7" position. This is not Dr. Marron's first experience at the U of MN; he spent six months in the Pharmacology department as a Visiting Scholar while working toward his PhD in Biology in Salamanca, Spain.

Dr. Marron also holds B.S. degrees in Biology and Biochemistry, as well as Master's Degrees in both Neuroscience and Education from the University of Salamanca, Spain. After finishing his PhD, he held a Visiting Fellowship at NIH for almost four years, and from there, he moved to Dr. Kevin Wickman's lab where he studies the regulation of cellular excitability in both the brain and the heart.

Since joining the Wickman Lab at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Marron has contributed to eight peer review publications in top-tier scientific journals such and Neuron, Neuropsychopharmacology and PNAS; and eight more manuscripts are currently in preparation or have been submitted to journals for consideration.

Dr. Marron's research is currently focused on the neuro-adaptations that occur in the brain following exposure to psychostimulants (such as cocaine), the reasoning being that a better understanding of these adaptations is required to thoughtfully develop new and effective treatments to prevent or even reverse drug addiction.

Dr. Marron also seeks to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying mood-related disorders such as stress, depression, and anxiety, and is an active participant in an exciting project investigating the parasympathetic regulation of heart rhythm and exploring the development of new drugs that could be used to treat rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation.
In addition to his research projects, Dr. Marron actively contributes to day-to-day lab management and mentoring/training of graduate and rotation students. In the past three years, he has co-mentored seven rotation students, three graduate students and two LSSURP summer students.