Emmanuel Onaivi, professor of biology, was named a Fulbright Scholar for the academic year 2013-14.
Onaivi is lecturing and conducting research on the pharmacological and neural basis of behavior at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, where he will study the effects of locally used, abused, and addictive substances in the East African region, such as khat. A neurobiologist and pharmacist, Onaivi also will supervise research projects by graduate, medical, and pharmacy students at the university.
“Upon return, the experience will allow me to open the door for future collaborations and student exchanges between my laboratory at William Paterson and the graduate, medical, and pharmacy programs at Addis Ababa University,” he explains.
Recently awarded a three-year, $350,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse, to study the behavioral effects of specific cell membrane receptors in the brain called CB2 cannabinoids, Onaivi believes his Fulbright research will generate a range of findings applicable to his project, which seeks deeper insight into potential therapeutic drugs for pain, autoimmune, mental, and neurodegenerative disorders.