Marco Pravetoni, PhD

The Pravetoni group focuses on development and translation of medical interventions against substance use disorders (SUD) and other chemical and biological threats. Current efforts are: 1) vaccines, monoclonal antibodies (mAb), and small molecules to treat or prevent SUD, opioid use disorders (OUD) and overdose, 2) mechanisms and biomarkers underlying or predicting efficacy of immunotherapeutics and medications in pre-clinical models of SUD and OUD patients, 3) novel strategies to enhance vaccine or medication efficacy, including immunomodulators, small molecules, adjuvants, nanoparticles, polymers and other delivery platforms, 4) Vaccines, mAb, and clinical biomarkers against infectious diseases (e.g., Pseudomonas aeruginosa and novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2), 5) biosensors for field detection or diagnosis.


PhD in Pharmacology, University of Minnesota, 2008

Department Affiliations

Scholarly Expertise

  • Vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, immunology, pharmacology, chemical threats, immunoprofiling

Recent Publications

Preclinical Efficacy and Selectivity of Vaccines Targeting Fentanyl, Alfentanil, Sufentanil, and Acetylfentanyl in Rats.
(2022 May 17)
ACS Omega 7(19): 16584-16592
Baehr C, Robinson C, Kassick A, Jahan R, Gradinati V, Averick SE, Runyon SP, Pravetoni M

Efficacy and Selectivity of Monovalent and Bivalent Vaccination Strategies to Protect against Exposure to Carfentanil, Fentanyl, and Their Mixtures in Rats.
(2022 May 13)
ACS Pharmacol Transl Sci 5(5): 331-343
Crouse B, Wu MM, Gradinati V, Kassick AJ, Song D, Jahan R, Averick S, Runyon S, Comer SD, Pravetoni M

Pre-clinical safety and toxicology profile of a candidate vaccine to treat oxycodone use disorder.
(2022 May 20)
Vaccine 40(23): 3244-3252
Hamid FA, Marker CL, Raleigh MD, Khaimraj A, Winston S, Pentel PR, Pravetoni M

Pharmacological Profiling of Antifentanyl Monoclonal Antibodies in Combination with Naloxone in Pre- and Postexposure Models of Fentanyl Toxicity.
(2022 May)
J Pharmacol Exp Ther 381(2): 129-136
Baehr CA, Wu MM, Pandit SG, Arias-Umana J, AuCoin D, Pravetoni M

A Membrane-Modulated Centrifugal Microdevice for Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay-Based Detection of Illicit and Misused Drugs.
(2021 Dec 7)
Anal Chem 93(48): 16213-16221
Dignan LM, Woolf MS, Ross JA, Baehr C, Holstege CP, Pravetoni M, Landers JP

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