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Melissa Morales

Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Melissa Morales joined the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Binghamton University as a research assistant professor in September 2017. Prior to joining the department, Morales was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, where she studied the neurophysiological changes that occur following chronic alcohol use in a rat model of dependence. Her current research (funded by Cure JM) focuses on understanding the contribution of type 1 interferons on muscle weakness and fatigue in a rare neuromuscular disease, Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM). Additionally, Morales is working on a JDM urine biomarker discovery project that is funded by the Myositis Association.


  • PhD, Binghamton University
  • MS, Binghamton University
  • BA, SUNY College at Cortland

Research Interests

  • Myositis
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • Mechanisms underlying neuromuscular diseases
  • Behavioral and Cellular Neuroscience