Neuroscience Graduate Program - Student Profile

Erica Grodin

Student Profile

I'm a second year student in the GPP program. I am doing my Ph.D. research at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), in the Laboratory of Clinical and Translational Studies under Dr. Markus Heilig. I grew up in Pittsburgh and moved to DC to do my undergrad at American University. I then worked at NIH as a postbac IRTA.

Undergraduate Institution

American University

Research | Presentations & Posters | Publications | Accomplishments | Hobbies & Outside Interests

Research Description

My research focuses on the neural correlates of alcoholism using structural and functional MR methodology. My lab is interested in the full spectrum of alcohol use disorders and in predicting the variance seen in this population. Currently, I am working on investigating the approach-avoidance conflict in light and heavy drinkers using fMRI.

Presentations and Posters


Grodin, E. N., Lin, H., Durkee, C. A., Hommer, D. W., Momenan, R. Deficits in cortical, diencephalic and midbrain gray matter in alcoholism measured by VBM: Effects of co-morbid substance abuse. NeuroImage: Clinical. 2013; 2: 469-476


Hobbies and Outside Interests