Dr. Marcus Harrison

Dr. Marcus Harrison is a senior researcher at the Center for Metabolic Research, affiliated with both the San Diego VA Medical Center and the University of California at San Diego. Specializing in the fields of toxicology and pharmacology, Dr. Harrison has made significant contributions to the understanding of drug testing methodologies and the detoxification processes associated with substances such as marijuana.

Dr. Harrison earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990, where he developed a strong foundation in the sciences. Further pursuing his interest in biochemistry and toxicology, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Stanford University in 1996. His doctoral research centered on the metabolization processes of THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana.

Following his doctoral studies, Dr. Harrison accepted a postdoctoral fellowship with the Drug Testing and Analysis division of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). There, he delved into the development and refinement of testing methodologies for various substances, including marijuana and other cannabinoids.

In 2000, he joined the Center for Metabolic Research, applying his knowledge and skills to research efforts in obesity and diabetes, focusing particularly on the effects of various substances on metabolic processes. Dr. Harrison’s understanding of pharmacokinetics and detoxification processes has provided crucial insights into how certain drugs can affect metabolic health.

Dr. Harrison has published a variety of articles and research papers on drug testing methods, synthetic urine, and methods of detoxification from marijuana. His extensive research on the impact of substances on metabolic health has led to a deeper understanding of obesity and diabetes, two conditions that affect both the veteran and non-veteran communities.

Dr. Harrison’s experience in the field of drug testing and marijuana detoxification is highly beneficial for visitors to the Center for Metabolic Research. His understanding of the biochemistry behind drug use, the physiological effects, and the process of detoxification contributes to the overall mission of the center by providing insights into how substance use might impact metabolic health. His insights can inform treatments and therapies and guide patients in managing health conditions related to substance use.

Dr. Harrison continues his research and contributes to the broader scientific community through his publications and presentations. He is committed to serving both veteran and non-veteran communities through his work at the Center for Metabolic Research, helping to provide a comprehensive understanding of metabolic health.