Emmanuel S. Onaivi, PhD

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Emmanuel Onaivi holds a PhD in neuropharmacology, School of Pharmacy, University of Bradford, England. A professor of biology at William Paterson University, he is a Fulbright Scholar and has been a guest scientist at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, in Baltimore, MD. His research interests include the molecular biology of drug abuse. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, and the editor for the International Drug abuse Research Society Newsletter and an associate editor for the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Research.

He has authored and co-authored many papers and edited three books on cannabis including The Biology of Marijuana; Endocannabinoids: The Brain and Body’s Marijuana and Beyond, and Marijuana and Cannabinoid Research Methods and Protocols


Liu, Q.R., Huang, N.S., Qu, H., O’Connell, J.F., Gonzalez-Mariscal, I., Santa-Cruz-Calvo, S., Doyle, M.E., Xi, Z.X., Onaivi, E.S., Egan, J.M. (2018). “Identification of novel mouse and rat CB1R isoforms and in silico modeling of human CB1R for peripheral cannabinoid therapeutics.,” Acta Pharmacol Sin. 0:1-11; https://doi.org/10.1038/s41401-018-0152-1.

Perchuk, A., Bierbower, S.M., Canseco-Alba, A., Mora, Z., Tyrell, L., Joshi, N., Schanz, N., Gould, G.G., Onaivi, E.S. (2018). “Developmental and behavioral effects in neonatal and adult mice following prenatal activation of endocannabinoid receptors by capsaicin.” Acta Pharmacol Sin. Jul 10. doi: 10.1038/s41401-018-0073-z. [Epub ahead of print].

Ishiguro, H., Horiuchi, Y., Tabata, K., Liu, Q. R., Arinami, T., Onaivi, E.S. (2018). “Cannabinoid CB2 Receptor Gene, and Environmental Interaction in the Development of Psychiatric Disorders,” Molecules, 23(8), 1836; https://doi-org.ezproxy.nihlibrary.nih.gov/10.3390/molecules23081836.

Ishiguro, H., Higuchi, S., Arinami, T., Onaivi, E.S. (2018). “Association between alcoholism and the gene encoding the endocannabinoid synthesizing enzyme diacylglycerol lipase alpha in the Japanese population,” Alcohol. May; 68:59-62. doi: 10.1016/j.alcohol.2017.09.005. Epub 2017.

Liu, Q.R., Canseco-Alba, A., Zhang, H.Y., Tagliaferro, P., Chung, M., Dennis, E., Sanabria, B., Schanz, N., Escosteguy-Neto, J.C., Ishiguro, H., Lin, Z., Sgro, S., Leonard, C.M., Santos-Junior, J.G., Gardner, E.L., Egan, J.M., Lee, J.W., Xi, Z.X., Onaivi, E.S. (2017). “Cannabinoid type 2 receptors in dopamine neurons inhibits psychomotor behaviors, alters anxiety, depression and alcohol preference,” Scientific Reports, 7: 17410 (DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-17796-y)