Marcus Weera

Marcus Weera

Ballou Hall
Research/Areas of Interest:

Behavioral Neuroscience; Neurobiology of Stress & Addiction


  • PhD, Neuroscience, Purdue University, West Lafayette, United States
  • BS, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States


Dr. Weera is the Evans Family Assistant Professor at Tufts University. Dr. Weera received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Michigan State University, and a PhD in Neuroscience from Purdue University. He completed postdoctoral training at LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, where he received an F32 National Research Service Award and K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Research in the Weera Lab is focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to substance misuse/addiction. The lab is particularly interested in understanding how life experiences, such as traumatic stress, alter the brain and susceptibility to alcohol misuse. We use a combination of neuroanatomical and circuit-based approaches with biochemical and behavioral analyses in animal models to answer our scientific questions.