Research in our laboratory focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate neuronal survival and differentiation and the events underlying HIV neuropathology, particularly in the context of drug abuse. We are interested in the roles of chemokines in the CNS and the interaction of chemokine receptors with other major neurotransmitter or neuropeptide receptor systems, such as glutamate and opioid receptors. The long-term goal of our research is to characterize both neuroprotective and deleterious actions of chemokines in the brain and identify therapeutic strategies for treatment of neuroAIDS and other neurological disorders caused by alterations of neuroimmune regulatory mechanisms. Read More

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Jared Luchetta awarded neuroAIDS fellowship

Jared Luchetta was appointed as a National Research Service Award…
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New Meucci lab publication shows that a chemokine can enhance cognitive flexibility

The Meucci lab recently published a new study suggesting…
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DUniBo update: “The Outlooking Scientist”

DUniBo, the new collaboration between Drexel University and the…
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Morphine releases iron from storage: Research summary on Neuronline

Bradley Nash and Olimpia Meucci recently published an article…
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Dr. Meucci elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Congratulations to Dr. Meucci, who has been elected as a…
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Ipek Eralp wins 2nd place at Discovery Day 2019 poster competition

Congratulations to Ipek Eralp, who won second place in the…
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Meucci Lab publishes new collaborative study on the role of iron in neuronal opioid signaling

In collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Geiger’s lab at the University…
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Dr. Brandimarti and Dr. Meucci Receive DUniBo 2019 Award

The University of Bologna has awarded Drs. Meucci & Brandimarti…

Dr. Meucci Receives NIH MERIT Award

Dr. Meucci has been selected by The National Institute on Drug…