J Elliott Robinson




I am a member in UNC's MD/PhD program and reside in Chapel Hill with my wife Katharine, who works for the University's World View Program, my son Everett (born 11/30/2011), and our dog Rosie. I came to Carolina by way of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), where I completed an Intramural Research Training Award in the Laboratory of Clinical and Translational Studies following graduation from Georgetown University in 2007. I am originally from Hilton Head, SC.


As a member of the Malanga Lab in the Department of Neurology, I am involved in a number of projects that may improve the treatment of drug and alcohol dependence and/or identify neural substrates of disease. My research focuses on the novel use of several classes of pharmacological agents to limit the "rewarding" properties of several abused substances, including opioids, cocaine, and alcohol, using the using the operant behavioral method intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS). As a part of a collaboration with Dr. Markus Heilig at the NIAAA, I am also investigating how a polymorphism in the mu opioid receptor gene (OPRM1) affects cellular and behavioral responses to drugs of abuse using ICSS and slice electrophysiology in a humanized mouse strain.



Frank Porter Graham Honor Society - UNC
National Research Service Award (NRSA) - NIAAA
Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor (SACC) - UNC
Chancellor's Childcare Advisory Committee (CCAC) - UNC
Best Presentation - Health Sciences, University Research Day, UNC 2013
Order of the Golden Fleece, UNC, 2013

Eugene S. Mayer Honor Society - UNC School of Medicine