Welcome to the Kash Lab!

The Kash Lab is in the Department of Pharmacology and the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Our research is focused on understanding the molecular and physiological events that underlie pathological behavior such as alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression. Learn more about who we are and what we do.


Research Assistant: Come work with us! The Kash Laboratory is hiring a research assistant to study opioid receptor signaling contribution to pathological behavior using anatomical, pharmacological, and viral circuit tools. Interested candidates should have prior research experience and a BA/BS in biology, psychology, neuroscience, or related field. Contact thomas.kash@med.unc.edu

Postdoctoral Research Associate: The Kash Lab is recruiting a driven postdoctoral fellow to join our highly interdisciplinary and collaborative team to study opioid receptor contributions to feeding and neural circuit function. Interested candidates should have a Ph.D in neuroscience, pharmacology, or related field and email a curriculum vitae including referees and a cover letter to thomas.kash@med.unc.edu. 

News and Updates

September 2017: Kash Lab postdoctoral fellow Dr. Melanie Pina and graduate student Dan Bloodgood are awarded F32 and F31 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Congrats Melanie! Congrats Dan! Also, welcome 1st year BBSP student Sofia Neira for the fall rotation.

August 2017: Kash Lab postdoctoral fellow Dr. Andrew Hardaway presents his work at the Amygdala Gordon Research Seminar and Dr. Lara Hwa presents for the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies Seminar Series. 

June 2017: Kristi Boyt joins the lab as lab manager. Welcome Kristi!

May 2017: Kash Lab postdoctoral fellow Dr. Lara Hwa receives a travel award for the Volterra Conference for Alcohol and Stress. Kash Lab graduate student Dan Bloodgood receives a travel fellowship from the UNC Graduate School. Congrats to you both!

May 8th, 2017: Welcome to the world Raphael Frederick Kash.  

April 2017: Kash Lab undergraduate Jennifer Jensen defends her honors thesis. Congrats Jennifer!

February 2017: Kash Lab postdoctoral fellow Dr. Andrew Hardaway wins honorable mention for his poster presentation at Winter Conference for Brain Research in Big Sky, MT. Well done Dr. Hardaway!

January 2017: Kash Lab graduate student Chris Mazzone successfully defends his thesis. Congrats Dr. Mazzone!

November 2016: Kash Lab research associate Dr. Catherine Marcinkiewcz receives UNC's Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence. Congrats Catherine!

May 2016: Kash Lab research associate Dr. Kristen Pleil is moving up to Weill Cornell Medical College to start her own lab. Best of luck to Dr. Pleil!

May 2016: Kash Lab has two new members -- we welcome postdoctoral fellow Melanie Pina and graduate student Waylin Yu. Learn more about Melanie and Waylin at the Lab Members page. 

February 2016: A new postdoctoral fellow, Dipa Pati, has joined the Kash Lab! Learn more about Dipa at the Lab Members page.

February 2016: Graduate student Chris Mazzone won an award for best poster at the 2016 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Alcohol and the Nervous System. Congrats to Chris!

November 2015: Graduate student Nicole Crowley successfully defended her dissertation, "Kappa Opioid Receptor Modulation of Neurotransmission in the Amygdala". Congratulations to Dr. Crowley!

August 2015: Kash Lab has a new postdoctoral fellow, Lara Hwa! Learn more about Lara and her research at the Lab Members page.