Welcome to Behavioral Neuroscience Lab
Prinicipal Investigator - Dr. Sergios (Sergey) Charntikov
Assistant Professor of Psychology University of New Hampshire 15 Academic Way Durham, NH 03824 Tel. 603/862-5490 Sergios.Charntikov[at]unh.edu
Dr. Sergios (Sergey) Charntikov is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. He joined the UNH faculty in 2015 after completing his Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Charntikov teaches undergraduate level classes related to behavioral neuroscience and addiction. His research program focuses on applying multidisciplinary approach to study behavior and neurobiology associated with substance use disorder. This approach encompasses a) investigation of short- and long-term effects of drugs of abuse, b) investigation and development of treatment relevant strategies, and c) improvement of existing and development of novel relapse prevention strategies. One arm of our research is focusing on understanding how individual differences mediate substance use and response to treatment. For example, we are interested in how individual vulnerability to stress contributes to traumatic stress and heroin use comorbidity or how individual history with nicotine or alcohol relates to various treatment outcomes. Our other research efforts focus on the understanding of neural mechanisms underlying learning with drugs of abuse. We believe that investigating neural substrates underlying learning mechanisms with pharmacological stimuli is of great importance if the goal is to develop more effective treatment strategies. To achieve these goals we are using a translationally relevant preclinical drug self-administration model that allows us to model relevant behavioral and neural mechanisms. We also rely on behavioral economics and advanced analytical approaches to assess individual effects and relate them to other markers of interest. Finally, our long-term goal is to able to determine the most suitable individualized treatment options for substance use disorder depending on the previous history of substance use and other behavioral or biological markers.
We are currently recruiting graduate students. Please contact Dr. Charntikov directly for inquiries.
Theodore Kazan (MS, Sring 2018)
Ted graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior. During his sophomore, junior and senior years at UNH Ted worked for Dr. Robert Mair, using electrophysiological implants to study single cell activity in thalamus and prefrontal cortex during goal-directed behavioral tasks. Ted began working in Dr. Charntikov’s lab during his senior year at UNH, where he soon began to develop a passion for studying the behavioral and neurological underpinnings involved in substance abuse and addiction. Later, Ted was accepted to the Brain, Behavior, and Cognition graduate program at the University of New Hampshire to work in Dr. Charntikov lab and Ted graduated with Masters degree in Spring 2018.