Johnathan Borland

Postdoctoral Fellow,

Johnathan Borland

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Investigate the neural mechanisms underlying the rewarding properties of social interactions.


I was born in San Jose CA, grew up in Hamilton, MA and then lived in Atlanta, GA for 14 years. I earned undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Psychology from Emory University. I then worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for three years and a Chemist for one year. I earned my doctoral degree in Neuroscience at Georgia State University where I studied sex differences in oxytocin modulation of social reward in the mesolimbic dopamine system in Dr. H. Elliott Albers' lab. In Fall of 2019 I moved to Minneapolis, MN to further my studies of social reward in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Meisel at the University of Minnesota. My father grew up in Hawaii and that is where he and my sister currently reside.



Borland J.M., Kim E., Swanson S.P., Rothwell P.E., Mermelstein P.G., Meisel R.L. (2020). Effect of Aggressive Experience in Female Syrian Hamsters on Glutamate Receptor Expression in the Nucleus Accumbens. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 2020 Nov 23;14:583395. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2020.583395. PMID: 33328919

Borland J.M., Walton J.C., Norvelle A.N., Grantham K.N., Aiani L.M., Larkin T.E., McCann K.E., Albers H.E. (2020). Social experience and sex-dependent regulation of aggression in the lateral septum by extrasynaptic GABAA receptors. Psychopharmacology 237(2):329-344. PMID:31691846

Borland J.M., Aiani L.M., Norvelle A.N., Grantham K.N., O’Laughlin K.N., Terranova J.I., Albers H.E. (2019). Sex-dependent regulation of social reward by oxytocin receptors in the ventral tegmental area. Neuropsychopharmacology 44(4):785-792. PMID: 30467338

Borland J.M., Rilling J.K., Frantz K.J., Albers H.E. (2019) Sex-dependent regulation of social reward by oxytocin: an inverted U hypothesis. Neuropsychopharmacology 44(1):97-110. Review. PMID: 29968846

Borland J.M., Grantham K.N., Aiani L.M., Frantz K.J., Albers H.E. (2018) Role of oxytocin in the ventral tegmental area on social reinforcement. Psychoneuroendocrinology 95:128-137. PMID: 29852406

Borland J.M., Frantz K.J., Aiani L.M., Grantham K.N., Song Z., Albers H.E. (2017) A novel operant task to assess social reward and motivation in rodents. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 287:80-88. PMID: 28587895

Song Z., Borland J.M., Larkin T.L., O’Malley M., Albers H.E. (2016) Activation of oxytocin receptors, but not AVP V1a receptors, in the ventral tegmental area of male Syrian hamsters is essential for the reward-like properties of social interactions. Psychoneuroendocrinology 74:164-172. PMID: 2763574