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Collin Merrill, PhD

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Academic Information

Departments: Psychiatry - Research Instructor

Divisions: Adult Psychiatry

Academic Office Information

Education History

Fellowship University of Utah
Neuroscience, Alcohol Abuse Disorder
Postdoctoral Fellow
Fellowship University of California, Irvine
Neuroscience, Endocannabinoids
Postdoctoral Fellow
Professional Medical Brigham Young University
Physiology & Developmental Biology
Undergraduate Brigham Young University-Idaho

Selected Publications

  1. Merrill CB, Montgomery AB, Pabon MA, Shabalin AA, Rodan AR, Rothenfluh A (2022). Harnessing changes in open chromatin determined by ATAC-seq to generate insulin-responsive reporter constructs. BMC Genomics, 23(1), 399.
  2. Merrill CB, Pabon MA, Montgomery AB, Rodan AR, Rothenfluh A (2022). Optimized assay for transposase-accessible chromatin by sequencing (ATAC-seq) library preparation from adult Drosophila melanogaster neurons. Sci Rep, 12(1), 6043.
  3. Lathen DR, Merrill CB, Rothenfluh A (2020). Flying Together: Drosophila as a Tool to Understand the Genetics of Human Alcoholism. Int J Mol Sci, 21(18).
  4. Vozella V, Ahmed F, Choobchian P, Merrill CB, Zibardi C, Tarzia G, Mor M, Duranti A, Tontini A, Rivara S, Piomelli D (2019). Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and safety studies on URB937, a peripherally restricted fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibitor, in rats. J Pharm Pharmacol, 71(12), 1762-1773.
  5. Butts AR, Ojelade SA, Pronovost ED, Seguin A, Merrill CB, Rodan AR, Rothenfluh A (2019). Altered Actin Filament Dynamics in the Drosophila Mushroom Bodies Lead to Fast Acquisition of Alcohol Consumption Preference. J Neurosci, 39(45), 8877-8884.
  6. Nufer TM, Merrill C, Friend L, Hopkins Z, Boyce Z, Edwards JG (2019). Expression of type I mGluRs predicts plasticity in the hippocampal stratum radiatum interneurons. Neurosci Lett, 712, 134472.
  7. Friend LN, Williamson RC, Merrill CB, Newton ST, Christensen MT, Petersen J, Wu B, Ostlund I, Edwards JG (2019). Hippocampal Stratum Oriens Somatostatin-Positive Cells Undergo CB1-Dependent Long-Term Potentiation and Express Endocannabinoid Biosynthetic Enzymes. Molecules, 24(7).
  8. Merrill CB, Basit A, Armirotti A, Jia Y, Gall CM, Lynch G, Piomelli D (2017). Patch clamp-assisted single neuron lipidomics. Sci Rep, 7(1), 5318.
  9. Wang W, Trieu BH, Palmer LC, Jia Y, Pham DT, Jung KM, Karsten CA, Merrill CB, Mackie K, Gall CM, Piomelli D, Lynch G (2016). A Primary Cortical Input to Hippocampus Expresses a Pathway-Specific and Endocannabinoid-Dependent Form of Long-Term Potentiation. eNeuro, 3(4).
  10. Merrill CB, Friend LN, Newton ST, Hopkins ZH, Edwards JG (2015). Ventral tegmental area dopamine and GABA neurons: Physiological properties and expression of mRNA for endocannabinoid biosynthetic elements. Sci Rep, 5, 16176.
  11. Merrill CB, McNeil M, Williamson RC, Poole BR, Nelson B, Sudweeks S, Edwards JG (2012). Identification of mRNA for endocannabinoid biosynthetic enzymes within hippocampal pyramidal cells and CA1 stratum radiatum interneuron subtypes using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Neuroscience, 218, 89-99.
  12. Bennion D, Jensen T, Walther C, Hamblin J, Wallmann A, Couch J, Blickenstaff J, Castle M, Dean L, Beckstead S, Merrill C, Muir C, St Pierre T, Williams B, Daniel S, Edwards JG (2011). Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 agonists modulate hippocampal CA1 LTP via the GABAergic system. Neuropharmacology, 61(4), 730-8.
  13. Steffensen SC, Bradley KD, Hansen DM, Wilcox JD, Wilcox RS, Allison DW, Merrill CB, Edwards JG (2010). The role of connexin-36 gap junctions in alcohol intoxication and consumption. Synapse, 65(8), 695-707.