Genes, Environment, and Health Branch (GEH)

Jonathan Hollander, Ph.D., is a program director in the Genes, Environment, and Health Branch at NIEHS. Hollander received his doctorate from the Behavioral Neuroscience Program (formerly Biological Program) in the Psychology department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. Prior to joining the Division of Extramural Research and Training of the NIEHS, he was a Staff Scientist in the Molecular Therapeutics and Neuroscience Departments at The Scripps Research Institute – Florida. His research background includes the use of genetic, behavioral, electrophysiological and pharmacological methods to study drug addiction and obesity. As part of a joint fellowship with UNC-Chapel Hill, Hollander also worked in the Neurotoxicology Branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where he studied the neurodevelopmental effects of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) exposure. During his tenure at the EPA, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Scripps Florida he was successful in obtaining NIH fellowship and early career awards, and played a key role in developing and implementing new research programs in the aforementioned areas.

Hollander is responsible for basic mechanistic grants in neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric disorders and a portion of the neurodevelopmental toxicology portfolio. In addition, he manages grants that focus on applications of brain imaging techniques.


  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Neurodevelopmental Toxicology (Other Than Autism)
  • Biological Basis of Psychiatric Disorders
  • Advances in Brain Imaging
  • Second-Hand Nicotine Exposure
  • Neuroscience (Animal Model and Behavioral Endpoints)