J. Ernie Blevins, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Medicine

Faculty Information

Biography
Education & Training: 
Ph.D.
Creighton University
Omaha, NE
1997
Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of California, Davis
2000
Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Washington
2002
Honors: 
Young Investigator Travel Award, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior
1995
Clinical Nutrition Research Unit Pilot and Feasibility Award, University of Washington
2002-2004
Department of Veterans Affairs, Merit Review Research Award
2004-2007
Department of Veterans Affairs Research Enhancement Award Program Pilot Award
2005-2007
Department of Veterans Affairs, Merit Review Research Award
2007-2011
Department of Veterans Affairs Superior Performance Award
2008
Vector Laboratories Outstanding Young Investigator Award and Travel Award, Histochemical Society
2008
Department of Veterans Affairs Superior Performance Award
2009
Young Histochemist Award, Histochemical Society
2009
Editorial Board: Endocrinology
2009-2012
Outstanding Young Investigator Award, Histochemical Society
2009
Research Scientist Travel Award, Histochemical Society
2010
Department of Veterans Affairs, Merit Review Research Award
2012-2016
Editor’s Pick: Blevins et al., Am. J. Physiol., 303: 1231-1240, 2012.
2012
Editor's Choice: Ho et al., Endocrinol. 154: 589-596, 2013
2013
UC Davis California National Primate Research Center Pilot Project
2013
Department of Veterans Affairs Superior Performance Award
2013
Editorial Board: American Journal of Physiology
2013
VA Puget Sound Health Care System Research and Development Seed Grant
2016
Department of Veterans Affairs Superior Performance Award
2017
National Institutes of Health R01
2018-2022
Department of Veterans Affairs, Merit Review Research Award
2018-2022
Department of Veterans Affairs Superior Performance Award
2019
Department of Veterans Affairs Performance Award
2020
Contact
Phone: 
(206) 277-6774
Mailing Address: 

VA Puget Sound Health Care System (151)

1660 South Columbian Way

UW Mailbox 358280

Seattle, WA 98108

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 
  • Brain pathways regulating leptin signaling from the hypothalamus to the brainstem linked to the control of food intake
  • Neuroanatomical techniques-for mapping neural circuits (oxytocin, corticotropin releasing hormone) involved with mediating the effects of leptin on food intake and energy expenditure
  • Role of hindbrain oxytocin receptor signaling in the pathogenesis underlying diet-induced obesity
  • Role of brown adipose tissue thermogenesis in mediating oxytocin-elicited weight loss in diet-induced obese rodents and nonhuman primates