Dr. Greg Gerdeman, PhD

Dr. Greg Gerdeman, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology, Eckerd College

Dr. Greg Gerdeman is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida. He has actively researched the neurobiological targets of cannabis since entering graduate school at Vanderbilt University in 1995. There, his doctoral dissertation in Pharmacology included seminal discoveries about the functioning of endocannabinoids in the brain, especially within neural circuits involved in motor control and pathologies of movement and compulsive disorders.  His work at Vanderbilt and subsequently the University of Arizona was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and earned multiple awards for excellence from the International Cannabinoid Research Society. More recently Dr. Gerdeman co-directed a study supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), investigating the release of natural endocannabinoids during endurance exercise. His papers have appeared in top tier scientific journals including Nature Neuroscience and Trends in Neuroscience, and have been cited over 1500 times in the scientific literature.  His research has been highlighted in press pieces ranging from Science to National Geographic to Men’s Health. He co-authored a chapter in The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis (Park Street Press, 2010), and has written as a guest commentator on medical marijuana for the Tampa Bay Times.  At Eckerd College he teaches courses in physiology, neuroscience and pharmacology; his research focuses on the molecular physiology of cannabinoid receptors and their evolution within neural systems. 



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