27170-Munoz Ramirez, Braulio

Braulio A. Munoz Ramirez, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

320 W 15th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202
Pubmed Logo


Braulio Munoz is a Chilean native, who was trained as an undergraduate and Ph.D. student by Dr. Luis Aguayo at the University of Concepcion in Chile, then he moved to the USA to complete a postdoctoral appointee with Dr. Brady Atwood at Indiana University in the USA. Dr.Munoz's personal life, he loves Star Wars, Lego playsets, also he enjoys cooking, grunge music, play videogames with his children and the most important is to spend time with his wife.

Key Publications

Muñoz B, Gallegos S, Peters C, Murath P, Lovinger DM, Homanics GE and Aguayo LG. (2019). Influence of nonsynaptic α1 glycine receptors on ethanol consumption and place preference. Addiction Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/adb.12726

Muñoz B, Fritz BM, Yin F and Atwood BK. (2018). Alcohol exposure disrupts mu opioid receptor-mediated long-term depression at insular cortex inputs to dorsolateral striatum. Nature Communications. 9(1): 1318.

Muñoz B, Haggerty D and Atwood BK. Synapse-specific expression of mu opioid receptor long-term depression in the dorsomedial striatum. Scientific Reports. 10 (1):7234. (2020). PMID: 32350330

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Research Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Education
    2016 PhD University of Concepcion
    2011 BS University of Concepcion
  • Research

    The effects of ethanol in the brain have led my interest in the neurophysiological mechanisms of ethanol; first, in glycine receptors and currently in synaptic plasticity. My skills are several from biochemical techniques, electrophysiological studies, animal care to behavioral protocols, with this broad skill set, It made me apply my knowledge not only into the addiction field but also in Alzheimer's disease and pain research. Resulting in a variety of different publications which helps me to understand several neurosciences research fields.

  • Awards
    Org: International Narcotic Research Conference
    Desc: Travel Award for poster and oral presentation
    Scope: International
    Date: 2017-07-11
    Org: Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Concepcion
    Desc: “Diploma Lipschutz” for poster presentation
    Scope: Regional
    Date: 2016-01-15
    Org: LASBRA
    Desc: Harold Kalant's 90th birthday LASBRA tribute award for poster presentation
    Scope: International
    Date: 2013-10-19
    Org: Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica
    Desc: Fellowship for doctoral studies in Chile
    Scope: National
    Date: 2011-03-01

Research Labs

Faculty research at IU School of Medicine is transforming health. Details about the medical research being conducted in faculty labs throughout IU School of Medicine are available in the Research section of this site.

Faculty Labs