Biological Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Moffitt Cancer Center, Behavioral Oncology
Dr. Blank’s research aims to identify the primary determinants and consequences of smoking behavior using human models of drug dependence. Dependent measures typically include toxicant exposure (carbon monoxide, nicotine, carcinogens), genetic substrates (nicotinic receptor polymorphisms), topography of use (puffing behavior, frequency of consumption), cardiovascular response (heart rate, blood pressure), and subjective ratings (product acceptability, withdrawal suppression). Currently, Dr Blank is conducting research into the use of alternative tobacco products, such as cigars, smokeless tobacco, and waterpipes and the evaluation of novel tobacco products marketed as a means to reduce smoking-related harms.
2nd year graduate student
1st year graduate student
Blank, M.D., & Eissenberg, T. (in press). Protecting individual and public health
by regulating electronic cigarette nicotine delivery. Addiction.
Chen, X., Aggen, S.H., Chen, J., Li, L, Kendler, K., Blank, M.D., Eissenberg, T.
(in press). Genetic risks to nicotine dependence predict negative mood and affect
in current non-smokers. Scientific Reports.
Blank, M.D., Cobb, C.O., Eissenberg, T., & Nasim, A. (in press). Acute effects
of “hyping” a Black&Mild cigarillo. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
Cobb, C.O., Blank, M.D., Morlett, A., Shihadeh, A., Jaroudi, E., Karaoghlanian, N.,
Kilgalen, B., Austin, J., Weaver, M.F., & Eissenberg, T. (2015). Comparison
of puff topography, toxicant exposure, and subjective effects in low- and high-frequency
waterpipe users: a double-blind, placebo-control study. Nicotine & Tobacco
Research, 17(6), 667-674.
Nasim, A., Blank, M.D., Cobb, C.O., & Eissenberg, T. (2015). Adolescent former
cigarette smokers’vulnerability to other tobacco products. Journal of Child &
Adolescent Substance Abuse, 24(2), 113-118.
Cobb, C.O., Nasim, A., Jentink, K., & Blank, M.D. (2015). The role of caffeine
in the alcohol consumption behaviors of college students. Substance Abuse, 26,
NIDA (R03 DA037583) Dual cigarette and SLT use: behavior patterns and toxicant
exposure Start Date: July, 2014. Duration: 2 years. Principal Investigator.
Centers for Disease Control U48: WV Prevention Research Center Start Date: September,
2014.Duration: 5 years. Co-Investigator.
WVU Senate Grant Influence of ECIGs on Smokers’ Choice to Make a Quit Attempt Start
Date: July, 2014. Duration: 1 year. Principal Investigator.
WVU Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry Award ECIGs for Smoking Cessation among
Opioid Dependent Individuals in Treatment Start Date: April, 2014. Duration:
1 year. Co-Principal Investigator
NIDA (F31 DA018447) National Service Research Award Does puff topography measurement
alter smoking behavior? Start Date: September, 2004. Duration: 3 years. Principal