Million Mulugeta, DVM, PhD, AGAF

Professor, Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Mulugeta is the Associate Director for the CURE:DDRC Animal Models Core. Dr. Mulugeta  focuses on the role of CRF2 receptors (CRF2R) during stress-related colonic function alterations and visceral pain. His research program tests the hypothesis that CRF2 activation modulates stress-related lower gut mucosal barrier and secretomotor function alterations and stress-related visceral pain responses. Short term goals are identification of colonic cells expressing the CRF2R and its ligand/s and the interaction of CRF2R and CRF1R activation during stress. Long-term goals include defining the cellular and molecular mechanisms that mediate the effects of CRF2R activation on homeostasis of gut function during stress.

More recently, in collaboration with UCLA, national and international researchers, Dr. Mulugeta leads a research project within the NIH/SPARC funded consortium study on how the electrical signals of the peripheral nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body control internal organ function. In addition, in collaboration with the Veterans Administration (VA) researchers, is also working on brain trauma related gastrointestinal dysfunction studies.

Million Mulugeta
UCLA Med-Div of Digestive Dis, CURE
BOX 951792, VA Greater LA Healthcare Sys Bldg 115, Rm 124
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1792