Dr. Jose Moron-Concepcion has recently joined the department as Associate Professor of Anesthesiology. His primary appointment is in the Washington University Pain Center in the basic research section.
After completing his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Barcelona (Spain) Dr. Moron-Concepcion was awarded a fellowship to join the intramural program at NIDA to work in the laboratory of Dr Toni Shippenberg, a pioneer in the field of opioid pharmacology. Then, he continued his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Lakshmi Devi at Mount Sinai, where he continued his studies on the mechanisms of opioid dependence. After completing his training, he was recruited as a Faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology at University of Texas Medical Branch. He then moved Columbia University in New York, where he was on the faculty of the Department of Anesthesiology for 6 years. Dr. Moron-Concepcion joined the faculty of Washington University on October 1, 2015.
Dr. Moron-Concepcion is a world leader in the study of the nervous system’s adaptive responses to chronic opioid exposure. Research in his laboratory is focused in understanding the mechanisms underlying opioid addiction and the intersection with pain. In addition, his lab is interested in elucidating mechanisms underlying pain in the central nervous system and in the periphery.