Marisol Emma Lopez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics

Marisol Lopez


Dr. Marisol E. Lopez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. She teaches Physiology to dental, medical, and graduate students. Her scholarly research interests include the barriers students from underrepresented groups face entering and persisting in higher education, the importance of sense of belonging on student retention, the effects of pathway programs developed to increase diversity, and investigating the contribution of legislation to racial disparities in higher education. Dr. Lopez is committed to increasing the diversity in STEM and healthcare professions through her teaching, scholarly work, and community involvement. She is an inclusive educator and strives to provide a learning environment that is equitable and accessible to students of diverse backgrounds. She contributes to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) work in her department, institution, professional societies, and the community.


  • University of Wisconsin Madison, PhD
  • Texas A&M University, MS
  • Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, BS

Classes Taught

  • SDM MD 514


  • Published on 9/29/2010

    McKiernan SH, Colman RJ, Lopez M, Beasley TM, Aiken JM, Anderson RM, Weindruch R. Caloric restriction delays aging-induced cellular phenotypes in rhesus monkey skeletal muscle. Exp Gerontol. 2011 Jan; 46(1):23-9. PMID: 20883771.

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  • Published on 12/23/2009

    Sugrue ML, Vella KR, Morales C, Lopez ME, Hollenberg AN. The thyrotropin-releasing hormone gene is regulated by thyroid hormone at the level of transcription in vivo. Endocrinology. 2010 Feb; 151(2):793-801. PMID: 20032051.

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  • Published on 10/17/2008

    McKiernan SH, Colman R, Lopez M, Beasley TM, Weindruch R, Aiken JM. Longitudinal analysis of early stage sarcopenia in aging rhesus monkeys. Exp Gerontol. 2009 Mar; 44(3):170-6. PMID: 18983905.

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  • Published on 8/24/2005

    Porter TE, Lopez ME, Mike R, Huberty AF. The increase in prolactin-secreting cells in incubating chicken hens can be mimicked by extended treatment of pituitary cells in vitro with vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP). Domest Anim Endocrinol. 2006 Feb; 30(2):126-34. PMID: 16140492.

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  • Published on 2/14/2005

    Kishi T, Aschkenasi CJ, Choi BJ, Lopez ME, Lee CE, Liu H, Hollenberg AN, Friedman JM, Elmquist JK. Neuropeptide Y Y1 receptor mRNA in rodent brain: distribution and colocalization with melanocortin-4 receptor. J Comp Neurol. 2005 Feb 14; 482(3):217-43. PMID: 15690487.

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  • Published on 7/1/2002

    Yamamoto H, Lee CE, Marcus JN, Williams TD, Overton JM, Lopez ME, Hollenberg AN, Baggio L, Saper CB, Drucker DJ, Elmquist JK. Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor stimulation increases blood pressure and heart rate and activates autonomic regulatory neurons. J Clin Invest. 2002 Jul; 110(1):43-52. PMID: 12093887.

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  • Published on 4/1/2002

    Aiken J, Bua E, Cao Z, Lopez M, Wanagat J, McKenzie D, McKiernan S. Mitochondrial DNA deletion mutations and sarcopenia. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002 Apr; 959:412-23. PMID: 11976214.

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  • Published on 1/1/2001

    Wanagat, J, Lopez, ME, and Aiken, JM. Handbook of the Biology of Aging Ed. by E.J. Masoro, S.N. Austad. Alterations of the Mitochondrial Genome. Academic Press. San Diego. 2001; 114-139.

  • Published on 7/20/2000

    Lopez ME, Van Zeeland NL, Dahl DB, Weindruch R, Aiken JM. Cellular phenotypes of age-associated skeletal muscle mitochondrial abnormalities in rhesus monkeys. Mutat Res. 2000 Jul 20; 452(1):123-38. PMID: 10894897.

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  • Published on 1/1/2000

    Lopez, ME, Zainal, TA, Chung, SS, Aiken, JM and Weindruch, R. . Handbook of Oxidants and Antioxidants in Exercise, Ed. by C.K. Sen, L. Packer, and O. Hanninen. Oxidative stress and the pathogenesis of sarcopenia. Elsevier. Amsterdam. 2000; 831-880.

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